How To Avoid Water Damage
Every year, thousands of homes and businesses experience some type of water damage. Water damage can cause a number of problems for the homeowner or business owner, including the development of mold or bacterial growth. In addition, the building can experience damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and furnishings. The longer water damage sits, the more damage can occur causing further expensive repairs or worse, or a total loss of furniture, flooring, and even artwork. Instead of trying to make repairs after water damage, homeowners and property owners should consider ways to avoid water damage altogether.
Know Where the Water Main Shut-Off Valve Is
In the event of an emergency water leak, turning the main shut-off valve off can help prevent extensive water damage to the building. As soon as a major leak is detected, turning the valve to the off position will stop water from flowing through the pipes. If you’re unsure of where the main water shut-off valve is located, hire a local plumber to show you where it is and how to turn it off.
Inspect and Maintain Appliances
Home appliances account for a large percentage of water damage. The refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, and water heater need frequent inspections to ensure they have no leaks. Over time, the hoses can become brittle and may be prone to cracking and breaking, causing a water leak. Have any broken or frayed hoses replaced as soon as possible to avoid needing a professional water damage restoration service.
Fix Leaks Promptly
Once a leak has been detected on an appliance, call a professional plumber to fix the issue before damage can occur. Undetected leaks can lead to structural damage to a building and cause harm to those who are sensitive or allergic to mold. Most homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of repairs to water damage that’s accidental or sudden, but won’t necessarily cover water damage incurred due to neglect. Installing a water detection device in places where leaks aren’t obvious can help prevent water damage.
Prevent Basement Water Seepage
For buildings with a basement, keeping the exterior walls coated with water sealant can help prevent water seepage and damage to the items stored in the basement. In addition, keeping the soil graded away from the walls of the basement will encourage water to flow away from the building, preventing it from seeping into cracks of the building’s foundation or basement walls.
Caulk and Seal Windows and Doors
Unsealed window frames can allow rainwater to seep into the building. Homeowners should inspect the windows and doors for signs of cracks in the sealant or areas where it’s missing and reseal and caulk the area.
Clear Gutters and Downspouts
The gutters on a building help to divert water from the roof and direct it to the downspouts where the rainwater gets dispersed to the ground. Keeping the gutters clear of debris and placing the downspouts so the water doesn’t flow towards the foundation can help prevent water damage.
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