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When Disaster Strikes: Common Causes of Water Damage in California

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California is no stranger to weird weather events.

If you’re a resident of the Golden State, then you’re probably familiar with some of the intense weather that’s been occurring lately. You’re probably also familiar with the cost associated with the water damage that happens as a result.

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the common causes of water damage in California homes because it’s a little bit different here than in other states. There’s so much natural beauty, but with it comes natural disasters, wild weather, and homes that need constant care.

Let’s get to the bottom of your leaky house.


It doesn’t always rain in southern California, but when it does, it’s usually torrential and lasts for a long time. That much rain can take unsuspecting residents, who are used to the regular warm and dry California weather, by surprise.

Oftentimes, houses aren’t really prepared to take on a lot of rain, so leakage happens easily. Leakage leads to tons of water damage. California is actually the state with the highest incidence of water damage in the U.S., according to


People in California are used to experiencing their share of natural disasters, aside from storms and heavy rainfall. As recently as last year, the residents of Paradise had to deal with wildfires that drove many residents out of their homes.

With fire comes the brigade trying to put the fires out. If your home is lucky enough to survive the fire and smoke damage from the actual event, the water damage from the fire hoses might be what costs you the most.

In addition to wildfires, there are also earthquakes and mudslides that occur on a regular basis. When the earth starts shifting, your underground pipes are under intense stress, which can lead to leaks and even bursting.


While large-scale disasters are the most publicized reason for water damage in California homes, it’s actually the plumbing and appliances that are the most common culprit. Anything that uses pipes, gaskets, or filters to transport water is going to be at risk of leaking and causing damage.

All you can really do to avoid this is to regularly check on your appliances and pipes to ensure that everything is working properly. It’s hard to gauge how your pipes are doing underneath your house, but there are telltale signs of pipe malfunctions that will give you time to react and fix the problem.


Avoiding water damage in your home when you live in a place like California can be tough. Inclement weather and natural disasters don’t really give you much warning to prepare your home. Ensuring that your roof is leak-proof and your pipes are in good condition will give your home the best chance of survival.

If your home has recently been struck with water damage, don’t wait. Contact us at 411 Restoration as soon as possible.

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