The Common Causes of Water Damage in Northern Minnesota Homes

When it comes to property damage, water damage reigns supreme as one of the most difficult to eliminate. First, you need to treat the source. If you have a burst pipe or slow plumbing leak, the water damage will continue until that’s dealt with. Then, there’s the bacteria and mold caused by water damage that complicate the entire matter. Even worse, you’re on the clock. You have between 24 and 48 hours to deal with water damage. After that, the cost and difficulty increases exponentially.

Common Causes of Water Damage

Almost every water damage ordeal is unique. The damage patterns and mold all vary between homes and because of the cause of the damage. Here in Northern Minnesota, there are a few common causes of water damage, which include:

  • Severe weather, such as heavy rain, can cause significant water damage and flooding to the average residential home.
  • The runoff from a spring thaw, when the snow melts and the water pools in your yard, can soak into the foundation of your home.
  • A plumbing problem, such as a leaking or burst pipe or appliance, can cause water damage to drywall and flooring.
  • Excess condensation buildup in an air conditioning unit may overflow all over the floor.

Causes of Black Water Damage

There are three specific types of water damage. The worst of all three types is black water damage, which is highly contaminated with bacteria, viruses, and parasites. As such, you do not want to clean this mess yourself. Hire a professional.

  • Groundwater Flooding – If recent rain storms have caused nearby water, such as a river or lake, to overflow, that water may seep into your home. Unfortunately, this water is unclean. It is tainted by organic matter, metals, feces, and bacteria.
  • Sewage Backups – A sewage backup stemming from a septic tank failure or broken sewer line may lead to dangerous bacteria and pathogens in the water. If you come in contact with this water, you risk serious infection and disease, such as gastrointestinal disorders and legionnaire’s disease.


When your home endures serious water damage, contaminated or otherwise, you need fast, professional assistance. Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota offers 24-hour water damage restoration and cleanup services. Regardless of the cause of your water damage, we can clean the mess, sanitize the area, and leave your home safe and secure once again.

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About The Author

Patrick McBrady is the owner of Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota. Pat has more than five years of professional restoration experience and 24 years of management experience, and he has received certifications from the IICRC and the ACAC.

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