What We Do

As the name suggests; RS Water Damage
we specialize in emergency repairs specifically related to water damage and mold. Over the last 20+ years in the industry, we have dealt with everything from small leaks under a sink to massive flooding in a warehouse.

Call for Immediate Service or Site Inspection 310-776-7548

How We Do It

We mitigate secondary damage, downtime, and potential health issues using the state of the industry techniques, equipment, and knowledge. For insurance claims, we use an insurance approved price list, proper documentation, and direct billing to ensure a hassle-free process.

Solutions We Specialize In

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Emergency Drying

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Mold Remediation

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Dust Containment



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Why Us

If you are looking for a highly experienced restoration company that is easy to work with and prides its self on excellent service, you’ve come to the right place.
We are local and here for you in your time of need.

Call for Immediate Service or Site Inspection 310-776-7548

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Common Causes of Water Damage & Mold

Additional Information

As a general contractor specializing in the restoration industry for over 19 years, I have seen and dealt with thousands of water and mold damage issues in homes and businesses. Every project has unique aspects, challenges, and solutions, but the majority of causes are often from a shortlist of usual suspects.  In this article, I would like to share my knowledge and experiences related to water damage in buildings so that others may have a better understanding of the common causes, impacts, and potential solutions.


Once a leak or visible damage has been discovered it should be stopped by turning off or stopping the water if possible and have the area inspected by trained professionals for potential need of additional repairs or services.

Damage caused can range from a small spot of wet drywall that can be dried and repaired fairly easily, to entire multistory building floods that cause significant damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, and belongings.

Time and volume of water are often the most significant factors influencing the extent of restoration and repairs needed.

Major floods are usually obvious, but keep in mind slow leaks can often go unnoticed inside walls for several weeks or months before visible damage starts to appear. The prolonged duration often leads to significant damage and mold.

Insurance coverage may also come into question as many homeowner’s policies only cover “sudden and immediate bursts of water”, thereby potentially excluding long term leaks, and the damage and mold growth caused by them.  If you notice bubbling paint, stains, swelling of cabinetry or baseboards, mold spots, or any other irregularities in your home or business, it should be inspected by a restoration specialist using professional water detection devices.


One of the most common causes of water damage to buildings is leaking copper water supply lines.


The plastic and cast iron pipes in buildings used to drain waste water to the sewer system or septic tank can break from age, corrosion


Any fixtures and appliances that involve water can fail and lead to water damage. Toilets, faucets, showers and tubs, dishwashers, fridge ice maker lines,


Severe weather causes tens of billions in damage every year. This can range from a small window or roof leak to an entire building inundated with floodwater.


Other potential sources of water damage and mold growth to be aware of include fire sprinkler systems, leaking soil planters, water intrusion from broken irrigation lines, clogged drain and sewer backups, broken fish tanks, leaking pools and saunas, condensation, and exposure to elevated humidity.


All of these causes for water damage and mold should be taken seriously as they can be time-consuming, costly, and potentially hazardous. Having your issues assessed and dealt with in a timely manner by highly trained and equipped professionals can often be fewer headaches and expense in the long run.

In addition, a modest amount of preventative maintenance goes a long way. Potential water sources such as plumbing fixtures, water heaters, supply lines, roofing, irrigation, and fire sprinkler systems, and appliances should be inspected periodically for potential wear or failure to prevent or minimize the possibility of water damage and mold.

I hope you found this information useful. Feel free to respond if you have any comments or questions.