If you’ve ever had your toilet overflow, then you understand it takes a while to build back the trust.

Going down to the basement for something to find yourself ankle-deep in water is not fun. Floods can cause a lot of damage, not just to our home but our property, as well.

What causes floods can vary, but their damage doesn’t. Stopping a leak leading to flooding will be difficult. Your best recourse is prevention. Here are a few areas to consider.

1. Faulty Appliances

This can be the actual appliance or their connection. Washing machines, dishwashers, water tanks and heaters, and air conditioners. It’s important to keep these in top running order and have regular checks and maintenance on them.

This includes air conditioners, water heater leaking or exploding, or even a work sink in the basement that doesn’t often get used. Rust can be occurring without you even realizing.

2. Rain, Snow and Ice Melting

A good pounding of rain or the spring thaw. Often, we are not aware of how much snow or ice has accumulated on the roof. There can also be small cracks or damage in the roof that we only discover too late.

If you have things in storage in an attic, you will need to get it all out. Getting it packed up and removed, plus cleaning the area is a big job. You need to call professionals.

3. Broken Pipes

Pipes can break due to cold weather or erosion of the pipes. These breaks release a lot of water at once. It’s a huge mess and it happens very quickly. These pipes are moving water from multiple sources, so there is a lot of water moving around all the time.

4. Forgetfulness

We all do it. Running a bath and realizing you forgot something or the phone rings. Next thing you know, there is water pouring out of the bathroom and down the hall. It doesn’t take long for this to happen.

Faulty or damaged parts of a toilet can also cause leaks, leading to floods.

5. Clogs

These are common in bathrooms and kitchens. A lot of stuff can get down drains and start to build up inside.

This causes the pipes to swell and eventually break. The drains can get blocked as well. You have the water running without the plug, trying to defrost a ham, and the next thing you know, there is a flood.

What Causes Floods: Final Thoughts

The best way to stop floods is to take care of what causes floods in the first place. Keep an eye on appliances, look for water stains and damage in ceilings and walls, and take care of pipes.

We can’t prevent weather, but we can take care of the smaller leaks and floods at home. If you have had a flood and need help, contact us. We can professionally pack your belongings and clean the affected area.