Water Damage Prevention

There is nothing more frustrating than the buckling of your beautiful hardwood floors or a nasty brown water stain on your ceiling. Except, perhaps, learning that there is mold on top of those things. Water damage restoration and clean up are part of life, especially when you live in a world that rains. However, while I can’t promise you will never have to deal with water damage, below is a list of ways to do your best to prevent the preventable water damage to your home. Water damage occurs when there is water or moisture on material over a period of time. Water damage can occur as a result of a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or a malfunctioning pipe. Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires can also result in substantial water damage. Also any type of standing moisture can be the cause of immediate water damage. Make regular inspections of your home to check potential trouble spots.

Kitchen - Water damage prevention

• Check the hoses and pipes of the dishwasher, refrigerator, and sink to make sure there aren't any leaks. • Use plenty of water when operating garbage disposals so that waste is flushed out of the system. • React quickly to small leaks around water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances before they become more troublesome ones. • Follow the recommended maintenance procedures for your appliances.

Bathroom - Water damage prevention

• Check caulking around the sinks, tubs, and toilets. • Make sure the toilets aren't clogged.

Laundry room - Water damage prevention

• Inspect washing machine hoses for cracking, fraying, or bulging. Replace the hose if you find any problems. • Wet spots around the water heater may indicate a problem. Try placing a drain pan under the water heater. • Change filters on the air conditioning regularly and get a contractor to make regular inspections. • Don’t wash heavy-duty dirt down drains and don’t put extremely dirty clothing in clothes washers. Instead, use a garden hose on the soiled item outside the house, so that the dirt doesn’t get into the drainage system inside the house.

Roof - Water damage prevention

• Keep debris out of gutters, downspouts, roots, and valleys. • Ventilate the roof to reduce moisture and heat build-up in the attic. • Use a preservative to prevent weathering and damage to the roof.

General - Water damage prevention

• Know where the main water shutoffs to your home are located. • Install water shutoff valves on water lines under sinks and toilets, and leading to outside faucets. • Be aware of what goes down drains (grease, lint, and dirt in particular). • When a problem does arise, hire an established contractor who has a good reputation. • When a plumber is at the house to make repairs, have him or her conduct a quick check on other appliances, drains, and pipes to ensure that everything is in proper working order. • Don’t leave the room after you have turned on the water, especially full force, in the bathtub or a sink.

  While I can’t promise that Mother Nature will never wield her ugly head in the direction of your home, it is important for you to know how to prevent the small types of water damage. If, however, water damage does occur, it is very important that you call water damage services immediately for water restoration and mold remediation before a bad problem becomes worse.

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