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5 Major Causes of Water Damage

Water damage can leave a home in ruins. Even a small leak can be devastatingly destructive. Here are some of the top causes of water damage.

Burst Pipes

It doesn’t take long for a burst pipe to cause significant¬†water damage. While freezing temperatures leading to a burst pipe are rare in Southern California, clogs in the plumbing system are an even more common cause. As pressure continues to build up inside of the pipe, the chances of a rupture increase dramatically. In the event of a plumbing emergency, you need to know where the main shutoff valve is located.

Leaking Appliances

Appliance leaks should be repaired as soon as possible. Waiting to fix the issue makes water damage far more likely to occur. Slow drips can gradually destroy flooring and walls. A refrigerator’s large size can cause leaks to go unnoticed for a long time. A washing machine’s supply hose is also prone to leaking. Check for moisture around your water-using appliances to ensure they’re water-tight.

Aging Water Heaters

As a water heater starts to age, it’s far more likely to start leaking. This is especially true for traditional water heaters that are more than 10 years old. Always keep an eye out for signs of corrosion. When the recommended maintenance isn’t performed every year, the tank is susceptible to rusting away.

Rainy Weather

Rainy weather can cause an extensive amount of water damage. If the gutters become clogged, rainwater won’t be able to properly drain. This means the roof’s underlying materials could warp and rot. Water can also pool up around the home and seep into the foundation.


Southern California is no stranger to flash floods. These extreme weather events can wreak major havoc on your property, causing the wood to rot, floorboards to warp, and drywall to crumble. Not only can they destroy the structure of your home, rotting but they can also ruin your possessions inside. Thorough water-extraction and dehumidification services can dry your home and your valuables, as well as remove any threat of mold growth.

Bottom line: No matter what caused the damage, depend on Cut N Dry Restoration to fix it! Our comprehensive disaster restoration services will restore your home or business to its original condition. To schedule your appointment, call (909) 829-5002.