Usually, when a restoration company talks about damage to a home as a result of hot water heaters, one would automatically envision a ruptured water heater causing water damage to several rooms in the home. While this is the scenario a majority of the time, today’s blog will look at other damage that can result from water damage.

It was around this time a year ago when I opened up my electric bill and was shocked to see that it had tripled over the month before. After calling the power company, I was advised to check my water heater. I went directly to the crawlspace under my house and was greeted with lots of water. While I did not have any structural damage, it did take a while to pump all the water out from under the house and a couple of days to dry out. I was lucky as it did not affect any of my duct work and I had no residual damage, but others aren’t always as lucky. Mold can easily form when there is a wet environment.

Water heaters can also cause fires to the home. It isn’t as common of an occurrence, but as we witnessed in a home this week, it can happen. This particular fire was mostly contained in the garage, but it did cause substantial damage.

While we can’t prevent all water heater related fire and water damage to our homes, it is worth the time to periodically take a look at them to make sure there isn’t any signs of damage.

We are currently working on numerous fire losses in Sanford, Chapel Hill, Johnston and Harnett Counties. The causes of these fires range from grease fires to electrical to the mentioned water heater fire. As we head into Christmas and the New Year, PHC hopes that everyone is safe this holiday season. Make sure you know where the fire extinguisher is in your home and the escape route to make sure everyone can get out of the home if fire were to break out.