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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Water Damage Sources

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

A water heater with a hole in the pipe and water bursting out. A water heater with a hole in the pipe and water bursting out.

When a water damage happens in your home, several factors must be evaluated quickly. One of the key factors is the source of the water intrusion. When it comes to finding the source, it is good to start checking pipes.

  • Sink pipe
  • Toilet supply line
  • Water heater
  • Water softener
  • Washing machine lines and connections
  • Ice maker line
  • Dishwasher

Another source could be flooding, or ground water.

  • Is water coming in from the foundation?
  • Is it coming from the window, or around a window frame?
  • If you have a sump pump, is it coming from the hole where the sump is?

When you have a water loss, it’s important to find where the source is. It helps not only the contractors address the issue quickly, but it also helps the insurance adjusters that are investigating the claim. If the source is a pipe break, you should shut off your water as close to the source as possible.

Once you have figured out where the water is coming from, and you have stopped it from coming in, you should contact a qualified plumber. Then you need to call your insurance company, and a qualified restoration company to start the water removal and structural drying processes.  

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