Avoiding the dangers of water damage

Water damage is bothersome, expensive, and takes time to fix. We already know potential causes of water damages such as storms, floods (by nature), and other “acts of God”.   Here we are going to explore preventable water damage that comes from inside the home.

 Use appliance (w/water supplies) warranties properly

The first step in preventing costly water damage in your home is by maintaining your appliances.  Double Check warranties when you purchase an appliance and understand the warranty- that it covers everything you need it to. Periodically check on your appliances, especially hoses and water connections (this can usually be done just by looking).  Yearly maintenance by a technician is sufficient for most appliances. If a problem crops up, call them right away.

Inspect your roof and foundation regularly

Slow leaks from your roof can destroy your attic area, walls, ceiling, and floors.   It can also destroy insulation, paint, tile, carpet and woodwork in record time. Not only does this breed mold and mildew, it leads to warping and rot, which can make your house structurally unsound. If it goes too far, there is no way to recover from this type of damage without demolition.  Have a qualified professional inspect your roof on a regular basis, at least once a year, more if you suspect a problem.

Prepare your pipes for winter

One of the greatest causes of home leaks is burst pipes. This happens when water in the pipe freezes. The expansion that is caused by freezing ruptures the pipe. When it thaws, the water gushes out and can lead to lots of damage and trouble as well as a huge water bill.  Proper insulation is inexpensive, easy to do, and can keep your pipes safe in freezing weather.

In case of flood, act quickly

You can prevent water damage by quickly cleaning up any spills and leaks. If you notice a leak, shut off the water (if possible) then work on thoroughly cleaning up the water, and dry the area. If you cannot stop the leak (say it’s raining) try to at least slow it down using buckets or tarps.  If you find that the leak has been ongoing, or damage is extensive, might need to call a professional service. A water restoration team will come in and Have you dry and good as new in no time.