Residential water damage usually involves five different areas of your home. Knowing the common sources of water damage and performing routine checks could save you time and money in the future.

If you experience water damage in your home, contact ESR Disaster Hero today. Our Tulsa water damage experts are highly trained to efficiently and effectively clean and restore residential and commercial properties. Our goal is to complete each project in a way that removes every last sign of water damage.

To prevent water damage from occurring, keep an eye on these five areas:

  1. Water heater

This appliance holds a large amount of water and can do its job for years. Over time, however, it’s subject to breaking down. Water heaters are usually located in the basement, so it’s easy to forget about them until something goes wrong.

Most water heater problems are due to condensation, a bad water outlet, or a bad drain valve. Some older units can develop holes at the bottom that release water onto the floor. Basements are often dark and damp and have poor drainage outlets. When water floods this area, it could sit stagnate for weeks or months and produce mold.

ESR Disaster Hero water damage experts recommend getting professionals on the scene as fast as possible to clean up the mess.

  1. Burst frozen pipes

When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, pipes can freeze within just a few hours and create a blockage that prevents the flow of running water. After enough pressure builds up, the pipe may rupture and gush water wherever the pipe is located—in your wall, ceiling, or basement.

If you live in a cold area, or your home is susceptible to freezing temperatures, ESR Disaster Hero recommends that you install pipe insulation to help prevent serious pipe bursting issues. It could potentially save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

If you’re currently dealing with frozen or burst pipes, our Tulsa water damage experts are ready to take on the task of getting your home completely repaired.

  1. Frozen fire sprinkler system

Fire sprinkler systems are also in danger of freezing. ESR Disaster Hero experts can examine your system to determine whether or not you should invest in insulation or warming materials. Only an expert can properly diagnose the situation and recommend steps to take, so you can avoid damages from a burst fire sprinkler system during the winter months.

If your fire sprinkler system has burst and caused water damage, our experts can quickly examine the situation and provide you with an estimate of what you could expect to pay to repair the damage and restore your property.

  1. Broken sump pump

Sump pumps help clear out water from basements and under homes. They are prone to failure following an abundance of heavy rain or if they have not been properly maintained. While it’s difficult to remove water from your basement or under your home, if not treated urgently, water in these areas can produce mold, mildew, or wood rot and damage stored goods.

Delaying water removal could end up costing you more, so ESR Disaster Hero recommends that you check your basement at least once every few days to make sure nothing has gone wrong.

If you want a professional to inspect your sump pump and basement for any potential water damage, our Tulsa water damage experts are the team to call.

  1. Clogged drains

A clogged drain can leave standing water in a kitchen sink, tub, or basement. While some clogs can be cleared out fairly easily, large floor drains tend to be more complex and may require the services of a Tulsa plumber.

If a clogged floor drain backs up, it could flood your basement and result in water damage.

ESR Disaster Hero experts are available 24/7 to handle clogged drains, broken sump pumps, frozen fire sprinkler systems, burst frozen pipes, leaky water heaters, and more.