The Most Common Causes of Water Damage Claims in Florida Homes

Water is one of your worst enemies if you own property in Florida. While it might seem harmless enough at first blush (after all, how bad can a small drip really be?), water damage is often far more extensive than it appears and can cause major nightmares for homeowners dealing with its aftermath. 

Being attentive and prepared for water damage is key to preventing as many water-related incidents as possible. Although you won’t be able to stop everything, here are some common water damage culprits you should be on the lookout for. 

Common Sources of Water Damage 

Understanding the most common causes of water damage claims in Florida homes is essential for homeowners to protect their homes and families. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Plumbing problems – Burst pipes, leaking faucets, and faulty plumbing fixtures are common causes of water damage claims in Florida. Take action right away if you notice pesky drips, as bigger problems may be on the way. 
  • Damaged roof – Water damage from your roof can often be hard to spot because the source of the leak may be somewhere other than where you’re finding water damage. Have your roof inspected regularly to ensure you are well protected. 
  • Clogged gutters – Keep your gutters clear and ensure that your downspouts drain out and away from your home. Inadequate drainage around the home’s foundation can cause water to accumulate and seep into your home or crawl space. Proper grading, gutter maintenance, and landscaping will help improve drainage around the home.
  • Sewer backups – Sewage in the municipal sewer lines or septic systems can back up due to strong storms, hurricanes, or clogged or damaged sewer lines. Installing backflow prevention devices and scheduling regular sewer line inspections can help prevent sewer backups.
  • HVAC system problems – Issues with your home’s HVAC systems, such as clogged drains, leaking ducts, and condensation buildup, can lead to water damage and mold if not addressed promptly. Regular HVAC maintenance can help prevent these problems (and ensure that your unit is operating at peak performance).

Contact Us at Kandell, Kandell & Petrie for Help

If you notice water damage in your Florida home, take action right away. First, do what you can to contain the damage and then contact us for help. 

Filing an insurance claim can be an overwhelming process for homeowners, but you deserve to be compensated fairly for your water damage. Our team at Kandell, Kandell & Petrie is standing by to help. Call our office today to speak to one of our claims advisors in Miami to discuss your needs.