Avoid costly water damage restoration by learning how to prevent it!
Water damage can incur from things we simply overlook or home maintenance we put off for too long, and then one day you find yourself standing in a couple of feet of water! Prevent pricey water restoration work by knowing how to prevent it in the first place!
At Restoration 1 Of Las Vegas, we’ve seen our fair share of water damage accidents that could have easily been prevented! Learn more about how you can better protect your home from water damage in today’s post!
Preventing Water Damage
It’s been estimated that about 93% of water damage cases could have been prevented, yet it’s the second most common insurance claim filed in the US. Water damage occurs both from environmental disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and heavy rain and accidents at home, with a majority of water damage developing from causes such as frozen pipes, leaking pipes, a leaky roof, broken hoses, plumbing issues, and insulation concerns.
And, the damage doesn’t just stop with water! If the water isn’t addressed within 48 hours, mold begins to spore and spread and then you have to combat a mold issue in addition. To prevent property loss and spending a large amount of money on water damage restoration, there are actions you can take as a homeowner to better protect your home.
Preventing Interior Water Damage
Water damage not only disrupts your daily life but getting it inside your home is quite costly. So, where does it come from and how can it be prevented? Let’s examine it below.
Maintain Your Appliances
It’s important to have your indoor appliances maintenanced regularly, and, as a homeowner, keeping an eye on them. Your washing machine, dishwasher, HVAC, and hot water heater are all subject to creating water damage in your home.
It’s important to look for leaks and have them serviced as recommended by the manufacturer. Many times these appliances go too long and work too hard, and one day your hot water heater bursts or the tiny leak in your dishwasher turns into a large puddle of standing water.
Washing machine hoses are also another area of potential water damage — when these hoses become old, they’re brittle and can begin to leak. Avoid this issue by replacing your washing machine hose frequently.
Beyond your appliances, another well-known cause for interior water damage is burst pipes. This is a common result of water pressure that is set too high where the hoses and pipes succumb to the pressure and burst.
Residential water pressure should be around 40 to 70 psi, so if your home exceeds this, it’s important to install a water pressure gauge and regulator that will help address this issue and keep your home safe.
Plumbing can be a hard source to pin down because the pipes and hoses are behind walls, so if you see leaky faucet, leaks around your bath or shower, or an overflowing toilet, it’s important to get them addressed right away.
At the end of the day, the important thing is to be mindful of your home’s appliances and plumbing. Once every season, do an inspection and check for any leaks or if any of your appliances need to be serviced — just have a general idea of their condition and if any issue could come up.
Don’t know where to start? A great indicator that you may have a leak or water issue is your water bill. Does it continue to rise even with the same amount of water consumption, or did it jump dramatically? This is a signal that something may be leaking!
Preventing Exterior Water Damage
There are sources outside your home that can be subject to water damage and, in turn, cause damage to your home.
It’s important to inspect your roof because it’s the greatest protector of the outdoor elements, so if it gets damaged, the moisture can get right in! What can subject your home to water damage via your roof?
- Ice dams – Ice dams occur when ice forms at the edge of your roof where not only ice forms, but water gets through. This can cause water to leak through the walls, windows, and doors in your home.
- Clogged gutters – When your gutters are clogged with debris from leaves or small tree branches, the water has nowhere to go except over the rim of the gutter and down the side of your home. If you get a lot of moisture, this can soak into the ground right into your home’s foundation.
- Roof damage – Perhaps you have old roof damage that was never addressed or had a big storm that caused damage, whatever the case is, if your roof is not repaired or replaced, it can cause leaking into your home through the ceiling and walls.
It’s very important to stay on top of your septic tank because they’re not always equipped to handle large volumes of water from storms. In addition, sewer lines can become blocked and backed up causing the water and sewage to back up into your home through toilets, floor drains, and sinks. So, maintain your septic tank and get it pumped regularly.
As with the interior of your home, it’s important to be diligent with your exterior home maintenance — clean and clear your gutters every season and get a roof inspection after a big storm or if there is leaking.
In spite of all your best efforts at prevention, water damage can still happen — Mother Nature can come in swiftly with heavy rains or you may forget to blow out your sprinkler lines. In this case, it’s important to have water damage restoration experts you can trust and rely on to help you mitigate the damage and restore your home to what it was before the water damage.
To clean up your home quickly and effectively, schedule a water damage restoration service for your Las Vegas home today!