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The Different Causes of Domestic Flooding

furniture hanging from the ceiling to protect them from floodingFlooding can begin with trickles, splashes, and then proceed to bucketfuls until suddenly you’re wading in knee-high waters right in your very own living room. People deal with the reality of the flood as is and wait for the waters to subside before cleaning up and recovering what items survive the resulting water damage. But it is also important to understand how a flood develops. This is so that we can prepare for them when we see conditions are ripe for the water levels to rise or fix flood-causing leaks at home.

Here’s a list of the common causes of domestic flooding:

Heavy Rainfall – When there is heavy rainfall predicted in your area, it is time to be vigilant, especially if you’re near a river or your home is in a coastal area. Increased rainfall can fill up dams which force their administrators to open them, thereby causing the rivers they block to swell and overcome their banks. Incoming storms will make the sea choppy and swell up the tide which will then be the source of flooding for houses on the affected beach.

Plumbing Issues – A simple pipe leak is not something to scoff at since it can continually spew water which can accumulate and flood your home. The resulting precipitation and moisture can cause water damage which will allow mold growth. Additional causes of flooding due to plumbing issues are broken water heater tanks. When you see a plumbing issue, it is best to call plumbing professionals to prevent water from continually spewing out.

Drainage Problems – Drainage systems tend to be overlooked because they are built at the side of houses or underground. Their function is important in keeping homes flood-free and it is absolutely critical that they aren’t choked by debris. Always make sure that the drains in your house are regularly cleaned. When the water level isn’t going down fast enough, it is possible that the drains going to the sewer line aren’t allowing water to go down efficiently. Get your drains checked if this occurs.

Sewage Overflows – The build-up of untreated waste water can likewise cause flooding. Since sewage water contains minerals and nutrients that allow algal blooms and phragmites to grow and choke out sewer water ways, the resulting blockage can cause the sewer system to be less efficient in carrying out excess water from an area.

We can only prepare for flood brought on by the weather but we can be more proactive for the other causes. Always check your pipes for leaks and clean your gutters regularly. Participate in initiatives by your city administration when it comes to dealing with sewage overflows. When the flood does come, you can count on Titan Restoration to help perform water extraction, do documents restoration and electronics cleaning, and execute structural drying procedures on your interiors.

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