Despite the ongoing drought and a generally arid climate, homes and businesses in Southern California are still susceptible to water damage. Every day, pipes break, septic tanks fail, and water lines give out. And these well-known causes of water damage don’t even begin to cover some other very common causes. Whether the cause is big or small, ServiceMaster Absolute has you covered with our water damage restoration services in San Diego, CA.

Our customers often have a lot of questions about water damage and how exactly we help. To make it easier for you and our other customers, we created this list, consolidating answers to the questions our team is frequently asked.

Where does water damage come from?

 While water damage does have a wide range of causes, some sources are more common than others. For example, most water damage we encounter in San Diego County comes from water lines breaking, ruptured sewage lines, and appliance failure (often washing machines, dishwashers, and water softeners). Overflowing toilets, broken bathtubs, and poorly constructed showers are also frequent culprits.

 How can I fix it?

 There isn’t very much homeowners can do to fix extensive water damage without help from a professional restoration company. Shutting off broken water mains, unclogging a backed-up toilet, and catching drips from upper levels is often the most you can do. Contacting a professional—like ServiceMaster Absolute—is your best course of action after water damage occurs.

 What can I do to prevent it?

 While you can’t do much after it has occurred, there is a lot you can do to prevent water damage from happening in the first place. Proper home maintenance is the first step to keeping water in its rightful place. Routine checkups of your septic system and plumbing are important to catch cracks or other weaknesses. Proper treatment of appliances and careful surveillance of water bill anomalies can also help prevent water damage.

Unfortunately, some water-related disasters can happen when you least expect them. If you experience water damage in your home or business, contact us at ServiceMaster Absolute for water damage restoration in San Diego, CA.