Common Causes of Home Flooding

What Causes Home Flooding?

Flooding can result in major damage to your home. The aftermath of flooding may include structural damage, damage to personal belongings, health and safety hazards, and more. Learn about the common causes of flooding and what actions to take if your home becomes flooded with Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Broken Pipes

A common reason why flooding occurs is because of a broken pipe. Pipes can burst due to cold temperatures, corrosion, an increase in water pressure, and not being secure. When a pipe bursts, a home can become flooded within a very short amount of time. 

Faulty Home Appliances

Leaks, poor plumbing connections, and more can cause appliances to flood your home with water. Appliances that may become faulty include dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and refrigerators. Gallons of water can flood a home, leading to costly repairs. 

Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are often the culprit of flooding in homes. How do drains get clogged? Kitchen drains can become clogged when certain foods and liquids are poured down them, including coffee grounds, oil, grease, egg shells, fruit and vegetable peelings, and more. A clogged toilet can occur as the result of too much toilet paper being flushed or the flushing of feminine products. Shower drains can accumulate dirt, hair, and soap scum that produce clogs. 

Weather Conditions

Lastly, weather conditions have the ability to seriously flood a home. Unfortunately, weather is something that is out of a homeowner’s control. Snow, heavy rain, and other natural disasters can lead to flooding that causes devastation. 

When Faced With a Flooding Emergency, Contact Stephens 

When flooding happens unexpectedly, it is important to know the steps to take to minimize damage and keep everyone safe. Once you find the source of the flooding, you should shut off the main water valve immediately. By doing this, you will cut off the water supply, preventing more flooding from occurring. Flooding may have affected your electricity, which is why it is important to evacuate your home and contact a trusted technician to help turn off your power as well as assess the situation. When it is safe to do so, you should document the damage in order to file a claim with your insurance company and remove any salvageable furniture or personal belongings. 

Following a flood, water damage restoration is necessary and Stephens is more than willing to lend a helping hand. One of our experienced technicians will come inspect your property and assess the damage. From there, the water will be removed and extracted from the flooded area(s). Next, drying will take place as well as dehumidification. Lastly, cleaning and restoration will occur. If the cause of the flooding was due to burst pipes, leaking appliances, water heaters, and plumbing; overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks, our team will get to the root of the issue and make the proper repairs to prevent the flooding and damage from recurring. Water damage can also be prevented by scheduling regular maintenance checks. 
When you are faced with a flooding emergency or any other type of plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to call. We offer emergency plumbing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you can count on us to bring your situation under control, all while providing friendly service.