How to Protect your Home From Water Damage
Water damage is something that homeowners truly fear—and not without reason: Once it happens, water damage can be difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Its effects can be costly, to say the least, yet sometimes water damage occurs so gradually that homeowners aren’t aware of what’s going on until it’s too late.
This obviously isn’t the position you want to find yourself in, but how can it be avoided? Follow our tips below and you’ll be about as well-protected against water damage as you can be!
Go to the Sources
When’s the last time you inspected your home plumbing and made sure everything was in good working order? If it’s been a while, fix that today. One of the best ways to avoid water damage is to keep an eye on your plumbing, spotting problems before they get too out-of-hand.
The biggest causes of water damage are leaky or ruptured pipes. Check all the pipes under your sinks, first, to ensure they’re not leaky. Also check throughout the house, especially in bathrooms, for signs of moisture or staining on the walls, which might mean there are ruptured pipes inside. Head to the basement and/or crawlspace, too, and note that cracks or discoloration on concrete can both be signs of slow leaks.
As you make your inspection, also check the areas around all of your appliances—the fridge, the washing machine, the hot water heater—for signs of water.
Ensure Proper Draining
Another precautionary step is to make sure that water in or around your home has a clear way to exit. Start with your downspouts and gutters. Is everything clean, clear, and pointed away from the home? If not, you could end up with external water damage, or mold issues.
Also check your drains in the house—and if you know any of them to drain particularly slowly, or not at all, then call us for a professional cleaning today. This is an imperative step to take if you want to avoid potential water damage in your home!
Know Your Plumbing
A final tip, possibly obvious but critically important: Make sure you know where your home’s water shutoff valve is. Should any plumbing catastrophe ever occur when you’re around to witness it, you’ll want to shut things down before the damage becomes too severe.
By following these tips, though, hopefully you can keep that from ever happening!