When people think of water damage in Colorado Springs, they often think about homes flooded by six feet of water. They think about helicopters providing news coverage after a hurricane. But the thing about water damage is that it’s often very subtle. Reader’s Digest reports that a leaky faucet can waste up to 15 gallons of water a month. Now imagine this happening with leaky plumbing (which you can’t see or hear) or a poorly slanted slope allowing water to collect near your home’s foundation. Imagine emptying 15 milk cartons into your basement every month.
That’s a serious water damage issue!
According to the Insurance Information Institute, water was the third-leading cause of claims from 2012-2016. The chances of having your home damaged by water is five to seven times higher than theft or fire. Not only was water damage high among insurance claims, it was also an expensive claim. The average water damage claim is around $9,633. Water damage and freezing was the second most-frequent claim after wind and hail damage.
ServiceMaster is here to protect your Colorado Springs home from water damage. Are you at risk? Read on for the four most common causes of water damage in Colorado Springs.
1.Basements and Poor Drainage
Many homes in Colorado Springs have basements. They’re convenient spaces for storage or even a spare bedroom. But more often than not, basements become messy and disorganized. It’s easy to leave the clutter down below and say “out of sight, out of mind.”
When this happens, basements become prime targets for mold and out of control leaks.The clutter hides small plumbing issues. Water drips onto cardboard boxes. An open window can let in small amounts of rain. Even poorly planned landscaping can create pools of water that will eventually damage your foundation.
You should periodically check your basement and drainage systems for water damage.
Colorado Springs is known for its sunny, brisk winter days. But at night, temperatures drop below freezing. According to the Weather Atlas, the average low temperature in January is 17.8°F.
Colorado Springs also has many historic neighborhoods with homes originally built in the 1800s. Unless the home has been renovated, it likely has old and poorly insulated plumbing. Modern plumbing materials are manufactured to avoid freezing, but you can’t guarantee this for older pipes.
This combination of freezing temperatures and old homes is a recipe for disaster. Water expands when it freezes, and this can put pressure on the pipes, causing them to crack. When the pipe thaws, the running water will trickle through the cracks and lead to water damage.
3.Air Conditioning Units
While Colorado Springs isn’t the hottest city in the summer, it still gets hot enough to make air conditioning a good idea. Some homeowners are not aware that air conditioning units create water as a byproduct of the cooling system. Ideally, this water will drain properly out to an area outside and away from the home. However, air conditioners can break down and cause serious leaks. Common issues include a clogged or disconnected drain, dirty condensate pump, clogged air filter, dirty evaporator coil, cracked drain pan, low refrigerant, and a condensation buildup within ductwork.
You will want to have your air conditioner serviced every year and ask the professional to check for water leaks. Otherwise, you risk water damage build up. You won’t know it’s there until it’s too late.
Flash flooding is the most common natural hazard in Colorado Springs. It might not be the most common cause of water damage, but it does happen. Flash floods tend to occur from May through September, and are usually caused by thunderstorms that are out of sight and hearing range of people downstream. Runoff from the mountains can quickly cause the water levels of small creeks and dry streambeds to rise to unsafe levels. These walls of water are fast moving and can easily reach heights of 10-20 feet.
But did you know that just 10 inches of moving water can move a car, and 18 inches can float your vehicle? Yes, this level of water can also damage your home by spilling into basements, seeping into foundations, and pushing underneath doors.
If your home experiences water damage from any of these common issues, call ServiceMaster of Colorado Springs. We are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. Whether your property is struck by a natural disaster or a man-made incident, our technicians can help you repair water damage and restore your home to its previous state. Through our industrial-grade products and commercial equipment, we can also help you clean up any damage to your site or belongings promptly.