How To Prevent Home Water Damage
Why and how to prevent home water damage are questions we often get asked. Water damage is considered to be one of the most common and expensive disasters your home can go through.
The Why: Water damage is one of the most commonly occurring and expensive disasters homeowners experience. The presence of a small leak can mean your home is at risk. Small leaks can quickly become a big, costly problem or wreak havoc over a long period of time.
The How: Safeguard your most valuable investment against water damage by following a few practical tips. Below are the top sources of loss and some ways you can be proactive to prevent water damage to your home before it is too late.
Prevent Home Water Damage - Check Your Plumbing
In Southern California, the leading source of residential water losses of water damage claims is from plumbing failures such as:
-Supply line failure -Toilet failure -Drainage system failure -Water heater leaks -Dishwasher and washing machine related failures
Regularly inspect supply lines throughout your house looking for signs that the hoses may be ready to fail like blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks or a loose connection. Replace the supply hose with a reinforced steel braided hose if it shows any sign of wear. Tighten the connection if it feels loose as the most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
Experts recommend replacing supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious wear as deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late.
To reduce the chances of toilet related losses avoid putting anything hard or too much down the toilet at once and keep an eye out for any signs of unexplained moisture around the base of the toilet.
Proper maintenance, including inspecting the water heater’s anode rod and flushing sediment from the tank, can delay the need to replace a water heater. Also, check the copper supply lines and the pedestal for any signs of moisture or damage.
Prevent Home Water Damage - Check Your Drainage
Did you know that poor drainage weakens your home’s foundation and may cause cracks, uneven settling and pathways which allow water to enter your home? A clogged gutter can send water pouring down the side of your house, damaging your home’s siding and foundation.
You can protect your home from water damage by regularly cleaning your gutters and maintaining your exterior and interior drains to ensure the unobstructed passage of water into your city’s drainage system.
* Downspouts should direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.
* Yards should be sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation.
* Don’t let the soil around your home get too dry as long dry spells followed by large downpours of water can cause a contraction and expansion
which can put pressure on your foundation walls.
* Keep roots away from any water lines. Some plants and trees have invasive roots and if you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler
system, pipes, drainage field, and septic tanks.
Additional Tips to Prevent Water Damage
Many people don’t realize that chemicals used for unclogging pipes can eat away at pipes over time. Always use a drain snake instead of chemicals for unclogging pipes if possible.
Inspect your roof and flashing regularly. Immediately repair missing, loose and damaged, shingles, or cracked caulking. Also keep a close eye where your windows meet the frame and where the frame meets the wall. A roof leak and leaks around a window may only be detectable during a storm.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your water bill. If you see it jump for no explainable reason, it may be a sign that you have a leak somewhere.
Finally, another way of preventing leaks is to install a water detector, a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. These devices detect slow leaks or low moisture levels that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to help prevent water damage and mold growth. The cost for this is very minimal, starting at $10.
What to Do if You Suspect Water Damage
Never ignore indications of a water problem in your home. Homeowners should immediately attempt to find and stop leaks at the source. When water leaks into your home, moisture can collect, allowing mold to develop. Mold can cause further damage to your property and can potentially cause health problems. For more information on handling mold read about how to Protect Your Home Against Mold.
You should immediately call a certified water restoration and mold remediation company, like Five Star Restoration, to come and provide a free evaluation of the damage when any signs of water damage or mold are present.
Part of our service is to help walk you through the claim filing process with your insurance company and to aid in ensuring coverage of your damage whenever possible.
Five Star Restoration is ready to restore order as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 and are the top rated water damage restoration service in the area. We provide free inspections and are always happy to answer questions. Call us anytime at 951-368-2227.
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