Concerned about preventing water damage in your home?
Here are proven ways for preventing water damage for occurring.
-Old plumbing equipment (hot water heaters, for example) can develop failures in joints or hose connections.
-Plumbing lines (pipes) can do this as well. If the pipe is behind a wall, it’s particularly hard to find, and could cause severe damage. Other tubes may become blocked.
-Toilets and drains (especially kitchen drains) are commonly blocked by material that is too big for the line. Sewer drain lines sometimes get blocked by roots.
-In seasonal homes, if water pipes that run through exterior walls are not properly removed, they will freeze in winter, and then cause water damage when the water is turned back on in the spring.
-Appliance hoses can crack after a while. Check those on your washing machine and dishwasher. Seals also deteriorate around the doors. And in some cases, the housing of the appliance can crack due to many years of vibrations.
A good understanding of the subject will not only provide you with ways to prevent water damage but also will help you keep your house in good shape. This will both save you money and preserve the value of your home.
Water Leaks and Mold – How to Avoid Them Both
Recently, I had to deal with a toilet leak from the water hose going to the bathroom tank. This house was five years old, and it looked fine until I looked closer and saw fine droplets of water starting to come out of the edge of the compression fitting.
The three most common sources of water leaks in homes are the following:
1. Washing Machine Hoses
2. Water Heaters
3. Shower Leaks Due to The Cracked Grout.
The good news about these is they can be prevented by simple maintenance. Common sense tells us to develop a Maintenance Schedule to check these things out on a regular basis.
Do not think just because you have Homeowners Insurance that you can become complacent. Yes, they will take care of the problem, but the aggravation is not worth it.
There are new types of hoses available that are a braided metal which is tougher than the original equipment that was installed. I installed that new type of hose on my toilet.
A water heater leak is hard to detect early. If you see rust on the bottom of the radiator, start thinking about replacing it.
In conclusion, check your water hoses on the toilet and washing machine once a month. I would also recommend checking the water heater at the same time.
How To Clean Up Water Damage In 8 Steps
One of the biggest nightmares for anyone that owns the property is when water damage occurs. It could cause untold damage if not cleaned up properly.
Every property owner should know how to clean up water damage. Water damage can happen because of a burst pipe from the kitchen or bathroom.
It may even happen because of human error when a member of family forgets to turn off a tap. The following is helpful hints and tips on how to clean up water damage and return your property back to its former glory.
Step 1. – The first step is to assess the amount of damage caused. Be realistic and if there is a lot, than call in a professional company. Check your household insurance policy as most of them cover water damage, and the company can bill them directly.
Step 2. – If there is not a lot of injuries, then you may think that you can clean it up yourself. The first step to staying safe is to remember to turn the electric off.
Step 3. – Move every item of furniture and all objects that are immersed in the water. Place them in a place to dry and after you can assess whether you were able to save the objects or whether they will have to be thrown in the rubbish.
Step 4. – Depending on the amount of water, you will either need a pump or a water sucking vacuum. Remember that carpets etc. will have absorbed water, the water sucking vacuum should be run over them until no more water appears.
Step 5. – Once all excess water has been removed. You need to treat your flooring. If it is carpeted, lift it up and place it in an area with plenty of air and sunshine so that it can dry properly.
Step 6. – Baseboards or bare walls with gaps need to be removed. Disinfect the area thoroughly and then allow as much ventilation into the room as possible. Open all doors and windows, then set up dehumidifiers to remove the dampness from the air.
Following these tips and you’ll be a success at preventing water damage in your home!