A Guide to Preventing Water Damage
While water is an essential life supporting matter, it can also be a destructive element. Water damage insurance may come in handy when properties have been damaged by water, but prevention is always better than remedy. Besides, filing, claiming, and waiting for your insurance claim can be such a pain in the neck.
The tips below should help avoid water damage and save you from headaches, and unwanted expenses.
Make sure that all windows and seals are tight. Check and maintain pipe joints to avoid water from seeping.
Water flow from air conditioning and heaters can also cause water damage so they should be frequently checked. Dirt and debris should be removed from pans so the water can flow freely. Inspect filters and seals and change when needed.
Check all ventilation systems such as exhaust fans, dryers, water heater. If you detect any failure, fix it immediately.
Check your walls for any sign of moisture such as stains. This may be a sign of an internal leak. If you notice stains, you can locate the source by following the trail of the stain and when you find it, repair it right away.
Water damage is common in the kitchen area, so you have to inspect all equipment, systems, and appliances here. The refrigerator pan that gathers water should always be checked and drained properly. If you have a dishwasher, check under the sink and make sure the hose connecting to the water supply is not leaking. You can suspect a leak if you notice discolored, warped or moist flooring or cabinet. Pay attention to the pipes around the sink and regularly caulk. Make sure garbage disposal has no leakage.
The bathroom area is also where water damage is common. Leakage may be indicated by wall and floor discoloration and soft areas. Look for cracks or molds as well. Remove damaged materials, clean and apply sealant.
Flushing too much tissue paper or other objects in the bowl can clog the toilet. Be careful with cleaning agents you use as some chemicals used as cleaning agents such as chlorine may corrode some materials in the internal component which could lead to leakage.
Inspect the laundry or washing area. Check the washing machine hoses to see if there are signs of brittleness or corrosion. If it needs to be changed, choose a stainless steel hose as it minimizes the chances of leakage, and it lasts longer.
If you have items that need storage, it’s advisable that you store them in plastic containers. They are cheaper, and can resist water damage better than other storage alternatives.
Sweating pipes, if left unattended and neglected, can cause condensation that leads to corrosion and rot. To minimize condensation, insulate your pipes.
Make sure your exterior faucets are winterized if you live in an area that experiences freezing weather. You may also want to install a sump pump system to keep unwanted water from getting into your home. Check that the outlet pipe is not clogged or frozen and it directs the water to the outside when checking the pump. Check if the motor is running well and test it to make sure it is working as expected.
Though you may not totally avoid water damage, following these examples will definitely lower your chances of having water damage your property.
Aspen Environmental Services does flood damage repair and reconstruction and recommends the use of experienced, licensed professionals after flood damage to prevent or remove mold and avoid other dangers. Call them at 800.931.MOLD (6653) or email [email protected].