212Water damage disasters happen. Do not let a broken water line or a malfunctioning appliance sneak up on you. Water can wreak havoc on our homes causing an expensive, soggy mess. Instead of dealing with an avoidable water damage disaster be proactive and follow these simple steps to help protect your home from water damage disaster.
Secure the outside of your home. Disconnect water hoses.
During the cold winter months leaving your water hoses connected may cause the water inside of them to freeze and push back into the water line. If luck is on your side it will stop the water from flowing. But it could also cause the water line to break or crack allowing water to damage the foundation of your home, walls or flooring. Take time to cover water valves with an insulated cover, you can find these at your local hardware store.
Trees and shrubs are great, but when they get too large the roots can grow around your pipes causing them to rupture or burst. That is why it is important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes.
Maintain gutters and downspouts
It is important to clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage from leaves, twigs, ice, or other debris. Standing water in a plugged gutter can cause damage to the gutter and roof. The overflow from clogged gutters can cause damage to your home’s siding or cause water to pool near the foundation causing the foundation to crack.
Prevent water damage inside your home
Investigate leaks immediately and repair promptly
If you do not fix moisture damage on site you run the risk of experiencing mold, mildew, dry rot or even damage to the structure of your home. Before you can repair any of the damage that a water leak has caused you will want to find the source of the water leak and resolve it. Otherwise, the damage will just reoccur days or even hours later. If the water damage is excessive contact a local water damage cleanup company, such as ACC Cleaning & Restoration.
Install water detection devices.
A water detecting device is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when it’s sensor comes in contact with moisture. The advantage of having this device is that it detects low moisture levels which are caused by a slow leak which would not be easily noticed. They can be installed near toilets, washing machines, dishwashers, sump pumps, and water heaters to alert you any water leaks.
Old brittle, leaking or cracked water hoses are one of the main reasons for water damage in your home. It is always a good idea to upgrade the water lines on any appliances that are over 4-5 years old. Water hoses should be replaced regularly to ensure that there are no water leaks. Check and maintain all other appliances regularly to prevent crack or leaking water lines. Be sure to follow the manufacture’s direction.
With a little time and effort, you can avoid the cost and heartache of costly water damage. If it is too late and you are dealing with water damage it is a good idea to call in a professional for quick and efficient cleanup and repair.