Water damage can be caused by any number of factors, both internal and external. Starting with external, the primary culprit is flooding. In the picture below, you’ll see a map of flooding in the United Kingdom (UK).
What you’ll notice about the map however is that only the northern most regions and southern tip of the UK remain safe (so far) from flooding caused by heavy rain; there are other scattered areas, but these are few and far between as you’ll notice.
As torrential downpour hits, water levels surrounding the country begin to rise. Streams, sewers, and smaller bodies of water increase until they can’t hold any longer. Then, the water gushes out onto the street causing destruction.
Water floods into basements, ruining walls and flooring. Water damage affects parking lots and causes structural damage to concrete and other building materials as well, as the liquid breaks down other substances. It simply wears away, similar to what created the Grand Canyon in the United States (US).
Rain and inclement weather is an external factors, but there are internal factors that can cause water damage too. Consider a fire. A fire starts with a single spark and tears through a building. This causes a completely different set of problems. The water damage comes into play when the fire department comes to put it out. The firefighters hook up thick hoses that pump thousands of gallons of water. All that water gets sprayed into the building to put out a fire, and it usually works, but not without consequences. The water damage caused by fire fighting is sometimes more damaging than the damage the fire had caused. However, there’s not much that can be done about that. When this occurs, it’s important to call the appropriate company for water damage cleanup. They happen to be one of our primary sponsors, and doing so can save a lot of money and results in a quicker fix.