Leading Causes Of Water Damage And How To Cleanup Afterwards

Did you know that one of the most common home insurance claims in the U.S. is water damage? When you stop to think about all of the appliances we use every day in our Prairieville homes, and all the pipes running water through our walls it isn’t surprising that water damage is a huge risk and cleanup can be costly. With over 15 years of experience, United Fire & Water knows a thing or two about water damage cleanup. Here are some of the leading causes of water damage in homes that we have seen.

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Leaking Pipes

Leading Causes Of Water Damage

Leaking or burst pipes are a leading cause of water damage. Pipes can leak when connections become loose or as a result of corrosion and deterioration over time. Pipes can burst when the pressure inside becomes too high. Since pipes cannot expand, they end up bursting to release the built-up pressure. Frozen pipes are a leading cause of increased pressure and bursts, but if the water pressure going into your home is continually high, it will end up causing bursts and leaks. Here are some ways you can prevent pipes from leaking and avoid a costly water damage cleanup:

  • Check pipe connections routinely to make sure they are tight
  • Use a water pressure gage to monitor the pressure going into your home
  • Make sure that pipes that are exposed to colder temperatures are properly insulated
  • Clean drains regularly to avoid clogs and buildup that can restrict water flow and cause increased pressure


Dishwashers flush water through them in order to get dishes thoroughly cleaned. If the drain in the sink or garbage disposal is clogged, it can lead to malfunctions with the dishwasher which can then flood water into your kitchen. Dishwashers also have a filter that can get clogged up with left-over food and grime left on dishes, and if not cleaned out regularly can prevent the water from properly draining. Since dishwashers are used so frequently, it is important to take good care of them to make sure they don’t make your life harder instead of easier.

Washing Machines

Washing machines can use anywhere between 20-40 gallons of water with each load. IF the water supply line becomes loose, or the hose becomes damaged, those many gallons of water all over your laundry room. You should also follow manufacturer’s recommendations on which detergents to use and how much to use. Using the wrong kind or too much can cause build up inside the washing machine, which can lead to clogs, which may result in water damage. You should check the water supply hose on your washing machine regularly to make sure the connections are tight, and there are no signs of deterioration. Best practice is to replace the hose every 3-5 years to prevent water damage from damaged hoses.

While these are just a few of the causes of water damage, there are so many other possible sources in your home. Regardless of the cause, the water damage cleanup experts at United Fire & Water are here to help. We can respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly and make sure your home is dried properly. So for all your water damage cleanup needs, give us a call.