A nice cool rain is great in the summer; a chance to freshen the air and water the plants for free. But if you have water stains, or worse, an active drip from the ceiling of your Chandler home, you need help right away! We at Valleywide Restoration want to introduce the four most common causes of why your home may be leaking.
Plumbing system failures cost homeowners more time and money than any other source of water loss– an average of more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid.
To prevent potential water damage, make it a practice to regularly check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. Invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system to alert you to any leaks. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks; upgrade to braided steel connectors to lessen the chance of leaks.
In these hot Arizona summers, our A/Cs work constantly. Bacteria and grime can collect in, clog up, and overflow from the water lines. HVAC units are located “out of sight, out of mind,” and condensation line leak up in the attic or in the backyard could go unnoticed until you see a ceiling stain.
Three main causes lead to system failure and ceiling leaks:
Your HVAC company will repair the unit but you’ll need a remediation team like Valleywide to inspect for mold and restore any damage to your home.
Roof flashing around chimneys or skylights are common sources for roof leaks since they protrude from the surface of the roof to redirect the flow of water. The drip edge is the metal flashing responsible for directing water away from the fascia. A failure here could invite wood rot, insects, and roof leaks.
Gutters that are not properly sloped or securely attached to your home’s exterior will also cause roof drainage problems. The extra weight of a clogged gutter can cause it to tear away from your home and cause damage. If you notice any gaps between the flashing and the roof, bent flashing, or unsecure gutters, make repairs to prevent future leaks.
Many modern home designs place appliances upstairs: water softener, hot water heater, laundry rooms. Having a washing machine upstairs is a blessing and a curse. To protect your home, conduct monthly mini inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines to prevent a catastrophe. Look for signs like blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks or a loose connection; the supply hose may be ready to fail. Replace hoses that show any sign of wear; the lifespan is about five years. Tighten any connections that feel loose.
When you see water coming in your Chandler ceiling, you do you call? A full service company can turn your loss into an opportunity to rebuild and improve your property. Having a single contractor like Valleywide Restoration offers:
Valleywide Restoration repairs damaged drywall, ceilings, floors, and carpets. Valleywide Restoration is a family owned and operated company with over 25 years of experience in the restoration, renovation, and the construction industry. Valleywide Restoration has the tools and knowledge to make your cleanup easier.