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How to Prevent Water Related Losses

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen with its wood flooring taken up. A refrigerator sits to the left, and a large spot of wet subfloor is exposed. Water damage from a dishwasher.

Water losses and water damage can be the costliest type of damage that a property can experience. But through proper maintenance and precautions, water losses can be avoided. In this blog, we’ll highlight just a few ways that you can prevent your home or business from being a victim of water damage.

Many water losses happen when people go out of town for a while or leave a vacation home. This is because most people don’t think to turn the water off when they leave for an extended amount of time, which can lead to disaster! Burst pipes, ruptured washer hoses, and other water supply mishaps can wreak havoc on your home or vacation home. If you plan to travel out of town or leave an unoccupied vacation home, turn off the water and have someone you trust check the house every few days in case of water leaks. Catching it fast is always better than weeks or months down the road!

Having your plumbing system regularly maintained is a great way to avoid water loss. Having lower water pressure can prolong the life of your plumbing system by making it easier on pipe joints, faucets, and appliance valves. Avoid using chemical drain-clearing products and soften your water. Chemicals can erode cast-iron drainpipes and hard water creates mineral deposits than can clog pipes and cause them to break. You should also have a plumber come in and snake your sewer lines every few years. This will keep them clear of tree roots that eventually make their way into your sewer system that can cause nasty sewage backups.

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, however. Proper roof maintenance is important to prevent roof leaks that can cause damage to many parts of a home or business. You should also check gutters and make sure they’re clean and free of leaves and debris. Make sure that water is being carried far enough away from your house so that it doesn’t eat away at the foundation. A swampy yard can also cause problems and should be dealt with quickly to save your foundation from possible cracks and erosion. Bad foundations can lead to flooded basements and other problems.

These tips will help you avoid water losses in your home or business, but should you have one, you can always count on SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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