sump pump failure

If a sump pump failure occurs, will you find out the hard way? Installed inside a covered basin in the basement floor, sump pumps tend not to get much attention—until they fail, that is. When the basin overflows with infiltrating groundwater that didn’t get properly pumped out, or a water pipe ruptures and the pump doesn’t actuate to prevent major basement flooding, the situation suddenly becomes obvious.

 leaky basement

One way or another, a leaky basement ultimately becomes an issue for the rest of the house, too. It becomes impossible to separate water damage issues occurring down there from the overall integrity of the home’s structure, as well as its healthy indoor environment. A leaky basement may occur due to hydrostatic pressure pushing groundwater up through the foundation, over-saturated soil seeping through basement walls after heavy rain, sump pump failure, leaky plumbing pipes, or ruptured water heater.

overflowing toilet

The sight of an overflowing toilet spilling out onto your bathroom floor is a special kind of helplessness. While water damage may occur from clean sources such as a broken toilet supply line, water from a toilet bowl overflow is usually contaminated by the contents of the bowl and must be considered toxic.

water damaged floor

The floor in a home is often the first casualty of indoor water damage. After all, water naturally flows downward and usually ends up pooling on the floor surface and infiltrating beneath, as well. If that water isn’t removed in a very short time frame, damage to flooring is likely. The extent of damage and the likelihood of repairing the floor depends on the length of time it was exposed to water and, even more importantly, the type of flooring involved.

Ceiling water damage is common yet frequently more complex than damage occurring at floor level. In single-story houses, causes of ceiling damage include leakage from plumbing pipes routed through the attic or chronic roof leakage. In multi-level homes, damage affecting a downstairs ceiling usually originates from an issue in an upper floor—typically a bathroom—involving an overflowing bathtub or a leaking water supply pipe to a bathroom fixture.

mold problems

If you’re considering putting your home on the market and the house has an ongoing mold problem, what’s the preferred strategy? Should you offer the house at a discounted “as is” price—mold contamination included? Or is it a better idea to take control of the issue and get professional mold remediation now, before trying to attract prospective buyers? Here are some facts to take into consideration when you’re selling a house with a mold problem.

high home water pressure

The water pressure inside your home can be a contributing factor in the risk of water damage as well as the severity of it. High water pressure stresses all indoor plumbing components—both the pipes as well as appliances such as washing machines connected to the pipes—and may make damaging incidents more likely. Where water pressure soars excessively high, a minor pinhole leak in a water supply line or seepage at a joint may turn into a major pipe rupture and inflict extensive water damage in a house.

killing mold

Is simply killing mold an effective quick-fix to decontaminate your home? Since toxic mold is a living fungus, it might seem logical that applying anti-microbial disinfectants to kill visible mold growth would resolve the problem. Indeed, numerous options are available to kill mold, from DIY approaches such as household bleach up to spray application of professional biocides.

prevent water damage

Spring is the season to prevent water damage. While water can inflict home damage at any time of year, insurance statistics show that spring is a particularly prominent season when it comes to damage originating from outdoor sources. Two factors combine – seasonal heavy rains and snowmelt – and these circumstances can challenge your home’s structure, particularly its resistance to infiltrating water.

water damage

While water damage is unwelcome anywhere it occurs in a house, the causes and effects often differ according to where it happens. While water tends to spread rapidly inside a house, certain parts of a home are simply more likely to be the origin, either due to the orientation of a particular space or the presence of certain contributing factors.