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3 High-Risk Water Damage Areas to Keep in Mind

3 High-Risk Water Damage Areas to Keep in Mind | California State Restoration

Here are a trio of areas within your home and in your yard that can lead to serious flood issues, brought to you from all of us at California State Restoration in Santa Rosa, CA.

By acting proactively, you can avoid problems before they happen. Floods can change your life, but by being vigilant and aware, you can greatly alleviate any potential or additional issues today and in the future.


Sure, it’s the quintessential scene in all disaster movies, where a poorly located tree is caught in a terrible wind and rain storm, and ends up crashing into some power lines, cutting off all electricity to somehow the entire city. But what many people don’t think about is that trees can be their very own disaster.

The roots of large trees can slowly grow around important water pipes leading into your home. Over time, the roots can tighten around the pipe, eventually causing it to block, or worse, burst. A single burst pipe has the potential to release up to eight gallons of water per minute.

Additionally, some trees simply grow right into pipelines, and that root can begin to rot into the water system. Tree rot is very real, and can be very toxic. Toxic water is already an issue, but as soon as you have a flood, that water is extremely dangerous.

What to do? When it comes to trees causing damage, prevention is key. Try to ensure the tree is well trimmed, perform regular cleanups and checkups, and plant any new trees at a safe distance from any major systems, lines, and pipes.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are time consuming and, let’s be honest, unpleasant to clean out, and it can sometimes seem like there’s just no point. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? It’s on the outside of the house, so it couldn’t really do much damage, right? Unfortunately, that’s wrong. Gutters are built onto homes to divert water away from the house. Unfortunately, clogged gutters cannot function properly, and the water simply glides over the top of whatever isn’t cleaned out, such as leaves and twigs. Once the water has successfully avoided the gutters, it has the opportunity to run down all sides of your house. If water were to be allowed to simply trickle down the walls of the exterior, gradual erosion of the soil and eventually, damage to the foundation of the house would occur.

Poor Humidity Control

Humidity may be great for your skin, but it can be terrible for your home. If a large water spill occurred in your home and it was seemingly cleaned up in a “do-it-yourself” fashion, you may notice a residual dampness in the air. When moisture in the air cools, it condenses and can collect onto any non-hydrophobic surface. Stagnant water in your home can grow dangerous mold, which can lead to lifelong upper respiratory diseases. Consistent humidity changes can also seep into drywall, wood, and the foundation of your house, softening the overall structure and leading to potentially dangerous lapses in strength. The most immediate effect you may experience, however, is the drop in functionality and aesthetics of many electronic and mechanical devices throughout your abode. Computers, HVAC systems, water pipes, sink faucets, and just about anything with metal facets can succumb to rust, which proliferates exceptionally in highly humid circumstances.

About California State Restoration

Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown steadily over the years because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for solutions that are viable and affordable.

Sources: Wikipedia and USA Today

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