7 Tips for Preventing Residential Water Damage

7 Tips for Preventing Residential Water Damage…

Often times, the water damage that occurs in homes could be easily avoided by following a few precautionary steps. Below are seven simple tips that might help you avoid thousands of dollars in unnecessary cleanup expenses.

1. Periodically, check under all the sinks in your home for leaking pipes.  Pay attention to slow-draining pipes, as this could be a sign of some type of blockage which could lead to future water damage. Re-caulk around sinks and pipes that appear to be old or deteriorating.

2. If your bathrooms floors are tiled make sure there are no cracks or grout areas missing. To prevent water damage, you need to ensure that all grout is intact and properly sealed.

3. Know where the main water shut off valve for your house is located. Being able to quickly stop the flow of water in an emergency could save you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary water damage repairs.

4. Monitor your water meter usage while all water producing appliances in your house are turned off.  Check the meter every few minutes for about an hour to see if there are any changes. If the meter shows water usage, you might have a pipe leak somewhere.

5. If you own a refrigerator with a built in icemaker, periodically check the connection hose for leaks and cracks. Immediately replace the faulty hose.

6. Dishwashers are a common source of water damage in the kitchen that could possibly be avoided if properly monitored. Periodically check around the dishwasher for discolored or warped materials and inspect the hose that connects the dishwasher to the main water line; replace as indicated.

7. Check the caulking around your bathtubs and toilets. Discolorations, cracks, or mold could be a sign of trouble. Re-caulk any problem areas as soon as possible.

By doing these things you can rest a little easier, knowing that your major home appliances are in good working order and less likely to cause future water damage.

The Truth about Water Damage

Water damage is any damage which results from water. It could be water spilled on floors, carpets, notebooks, your laptop computer or a catastrophic natural event such as a flood.

Most people are faced with some degree of water damage at one time or another. Anything from a leaky pipe or faucet to heavy rains, storms and even on occasion, forgetting to turn off a running facet in the bathroom or kitchen.

Water leaks and floods will often leave visible signs on your home’s structure such as sagging walls and ceilings. But, you cannot assume that all of the water damage will be visible. It is important to look for other potential problems such as wood swelling or warping which can cause issues with its ability to do the job for which it was intended.

Untreated floors and ceilings are at risk for collapsing unexpectedly. Electrical issues caused by water leakage can pose a big safety threat. Water can enter the walls and affect your home’s electrical wiring system, putting you at great risk for electrical fire or even electrocution.

With so many reasons for potential water damage, it is wise to take adequate care to prevent it.  It is a good idea to check for and repair any dripping facets as tiny drips can add up and lead to higher than anticipated water bills.

Paying attention to your roof is also very important. A leaking roof can cause a lot of problems. A leaky roof can cause serious water damage carrying with it the potential for mold and can transform a seemingly simple situation into a very serious one.

Other Types of Water Damage

Water seepages can also lead to substantial damage. Left unattended, these will often produce fungi that can eat into the wooden parts of your home or office.

Water that is allowed to stand for prolonged periods of time has a high probability of promoting bacteria growth thus leading to unpleasant odors, breathing problems and allergic reactions.

Water has the ability to damage anything in its path. Carpets, books, hardwood floors, electronic or in other words, almost everything usually found inside homes or offices.

Once damage has occurred, it is prudent to take care of the situation as quickly as possible through a process called restoration. This is one of the biggest mistakes many house owners make. But, waiting too long for water damage restoration can lead to more severe damage, so it is best to make that decision sooner rather than later to avoid further damage and possible health issues.

Depending upon the extent of the damage, the assistance of a good, reliable restoration professional could be necessary.

By dealing with the damage immediately, you lower your risk for health problems related thereto. You will also save money by keeping structural damage to a minimum. There is no real benefit to waiting.

Regardless of who repairs the water damage, it is often recommended that you schedule a mold inspection about 6 months later to ensure the water damage has been properly and completely repaired.