Don’t let water damage take over your life and your home. Procrastinating fixing issues that need attention and not recognizing issues as they develop are two of the most common reasons why people end up suffering from water damage. Fortunately, most of the water damage that occurs is preventable and within your control. Here are key water damage prevention tips that our restoration professionals at Fairfield Disaster Restoration in the Fairfield County area recommend for you.
A common mistake people mistake is rarely if ever, disconnecting their hoses. The reason this is a mistake is that standing water in a hose can freeze back into your pipe creating an ice block. If you are lucky, this ice block will only stop or slow down the flow of water in your pipe. In a worst-case scenario, however, your pipes may burst causing your foundation to flood and your walls, floor, and possessions to be damaged.
Clean Rain Gutters Regularly
You should clean your gutters a couple times every year to avoid buildup and blockage within them. The problem with allowing things to build up in your rain gutter is that it leads to standing water pooling in them and eventually overflowing. This unmanaged overflow can lead to puddles that will overflow and damage your foundation. You should also make sure that all downspouts flow away from your home and not towards any areas that are susceptible to flooding.
Maintain Trees And Vegetation
Thriving trees and vegetation are a great addition to any yard. However, they can also pose a serious danger to your pipes. If not carefully managed, the roots from your vegetation can grow around your pipes causing them to break and crack.
Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve Is
Everyone should know the location of their water main and how to turn their water off in the case of a flood. It takes a couple minutes to learn if you don’t know already, but it could save you thousands of dollars in repairs in the long run.
Check Appliances Regularly
Appliances are a common cause of water damage. Those that circulate large amounts of water such as washing machines and dishwashers are especially dangerous. You should inspect these regularly to make sure they are in good working order.
Install A Water Detection Device
A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects gradual, slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.
All in all, your home is susceptible to water damage from many different sources. While this may feel overwhelming at first, following the simple tips given above will go a long way towards water damage prevention. Even after your best water damage prevention efforts, however, water damage can still occur. If you do find your home flooded, don’t hesitate to contact us at Fairfield Disaster Restoration in the Fairfield County area for help.