What Causes Water Damage

Water damage in the home or business can be caused by many different things such as broken hose, washing machine overflow, leaking dishwasher, leaking pipes, blocked toilets, or flood water and storm conditions. It is important to recognise the potential damage caused by water.

For example, a tiny 3mm crack in a pipe can release can release 946 litres of water a day. Flexi-hoses are involved in the most common insurance claims in Australia. It’s recommended that flexi-hoses be checked yearly and replace flex-hose every five years.

What Are Signs Of Water Damage?

There are many obvious signs of water damage, including burst pipes and overflowing toilets, and water heater failure. However, don’t forget hidden water leaks. These can silently damage your home. Tracing a hidden water leak can be difficult, but a necessary step to avoid the potential damage a water leak can cause.

As a homeowner, you can follow the IICRC standards and recommendations (Institute of Inspection and Cleaning Restoration Certificate) www.IICRC.org. Look for a professional restorer in their members section.

There are three categories of water damage as per IICRC documents, Category 1, 2 and 3. There are also four classes of water which you can find in the IICRC standard.

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