No homeowner wants their home to experience water damage. To start, water damage causes quite a mess and depending on how severe the damage is, a good portion of your home could be affected. When water damage occurs, clean up isn’t as easy as grabbing a mop and bucket and some dryers as the water often penetrates beyond the surface level. When water is stepped into the subfloor, it creates a moist environment that is a breeding ground for mold and it can weaken a home’s structure that can lead to a terrible accident if left unattended. If your home experiences major water damage that can’t be quickly cleaned up and fixed, you’re best bet is to call a professional water damage restoration company to handle the situation.

In most cases, water damage is often unexpected. However, by knowing the common sources of residential water damage and what causes the damage to happen, with yearly inspections homeowners may be able to stop the damage from happening before it begins. Let us take a look at some of the most common causes of water damage in homes.


Believe it or not, the most common cause of water damage in homes is bad plumbing. The plumbing system is responsible for sending water throughout your home. Even the smallest issue can cause the whole system to work improperly, and any failure can lead to a significant amount of water damage. There are many signs that indicate an issue with your plumbing, however, those signs aren’t always easy to find.

Old Piping

Many homes in the Tri-State area are decades or even a hundred years old! While these homes may be beautiful and classic, many of their plumbing systems are still operating on the original piping. The plumbing in these older homes may use — the once notorious —  steel pipes, which have been proven to wear quickly. Steel pipes corrode from the inside, which slows down water flow and also gives your water a metallic and unsatisfying taste. If left unnoticed or unserviced, old piping can corrode to a point where it breaks. If you have an older home and are concerned about the piping, call a professional to have them inspected; replacing them sooner, rather than before it’s too late, can end up saving you money while decreasing your risk of water damage.

Leaking Pipes Aren’t Always Visible

When your home has a pipe that bursts, you’ll quickly know, as water will be spraying everywhere and causing a mess! However, what about leaks? Pipes with leaks aren’t a huge problem, but if left unnoticed they can lead to costly water damage. It may take some time to realize the pipes that are within your walls are leaking, as you cannot see them. To prevent extreme water damage caused by leaky pipes, be on the lookout for some indicators, like reduced water pressure, unusual pooling of water, a spike in your water bill, and discolored walls and ceilings. In addition, leaks will soon create a cold, dark, and damp environment that will likely lead to the formation of mold in your home, which can come with some dangerous effects!

Burst Pipes Cause Fast Water Damage

If you find a burst pipe in your home, the first step is to find a way to shut down the water immediately. Stopping the water quickly is essential as burst pipes send a significant amount of water within your home  — including inside the walls, ceilings, and floors  — and will require a water damage cleanup service to stop further damages and mold formation.


Of course, we have no control over when the weather starts to get bad. Even our best preparations to prevent water damage can fail during high winds, harsh rains, or a utility failure. Although the weather is the most difficult to predict and protect against, it is actually one of the least common ways that residential water damage occurs. That said, when the weather is nasty, water damage is most common when there are extreme conditions like:

Wind Storms and Heavy Rain

You may have seen winds strong enough to send the trash cans in the neighborhood flying down the street. However, in poor weather conditions, winds can be strong enough to tear down trees and even parts of roofs. Wind storms alone won’t cause water damage, but when the wind is paired with heavy rain, water damage is a definite possibility. In addition, any amount of rain is bad news if your roof has a small hole or leak in it. If left unserviced, water will come into your home and increase the chances of mold growth, structure damage, and costly repairs.

Flash Floods

Did you know that New York is the fourth state in the United States that is most at risk of flooding? From heavy rainfalls, effects of hurricanes, and other factors, the Tri-State area has had its fair share of flood watches and warnings throughout the past few years. Massive amounts of rainfall have been known to cause minor flash floods in areas, like Long Island. Flash floods can bring homeowners to find water damage in their home, especially if their home has a basement.

Faulty Appliances

When it comes to water damage, most homeowners will probably think of bad plumbing or bad weather. However, something more likely to cause water damage than bad weather is appliance failure. That’s right, faulty appliances are a common cause of residential water damage.

Self-Installed Appliances

Unless you’re an expert on washing machine installation, you should not install one, or another large appliance, yourself. While we currently are in a time where Do-It-Yourself projects are trending, D-I-Y appliance installations are a sure way to increase your chances of water damage if you have no idea what you’re doing. No matter what the appliance, any error in installation can lead to a failure at the connection point, causing your property to flood.

Inspect Your Appliances

Even when appliances are installed professionally they can still fail. Over time, connections can wear out or become loose and pipe materials can rust and corrode. If any of this happens it could lead to a failed connector or even a leak. While this doesn’t cause an immediate problem, over time the water damage will increase. Be sure to keep an eye on appliances like older washers and hot water heaters, refrigerators, ice dispensers, and other appliances connected to water.


If your home in the Tri-State Area experiences water damage, whether it’s caused by bad plumbing, weather, or faulty appliances, you will need a water damage restoration company that you can rely on. That’s where Island Environmental comes in. As one of the leading environmental companies in the area, the team at Island Environmental will come to your property and elevate the water damage done. We then come up with a plan to restore your property as quickly and efficiently as possible. More more information about our services, contact us!