With all the different ways that water damage can find its way into your home, fortifying your home against water damage can seem a little intimidating. Fortunately, most of the things you can do to prevent water damage are simple, straightforward, and don’t take much of your time.
Here are a few simple water damage prevention tips from our restoration professionals at Clean Image.
Many appliances rely on large amounts of water to operate. Your washing machine, water heater, AC units, and dishwasher all go through a lot of water on a normal day. Even small problems with these appliances can lead to major water damage events. Thus, it is important that you keep a close eye on these appliances and maintain or repair them as necessary. They all require replacements at one point or another. For instance, washing machines should have their water supply lines replaced every few years. Water heaters, on the other hand, should be completely replaced every 8-10 years. Along with these scheduled replacements, you will also need to repair any problems as necessary. Keep a close eye on your appliances for problems so you can have them repaired right away.
Your water bill is a surprisingly valuable tool at your disposal for identifying and preventing water damage. Your water damage gives you a monthly report of your water usage which allows you to identify over-time trends in your water usage. This means that your water bill will tip you off to unexpected spikes in your water usage. If you notice such a spike, it may be the result of an unidentified leak somewhere in your home that, along with costing you money, could be causing water damage.
Water detection devices are simple tools for increasing your home’s resilience against water damage. Like smoke detectors, water detection devices will sound an alarm if they detect excessive moisture levels. This is important because time is everything with water damage. Even the difference of a few hours, or even minutes, that a water detection device provides can save your possessions and help you avoid significant repair expenses.
Your rain gutters are an essential part of your home’s fortifications against water damage. To do their job properly, however, you need to make sure they remain clear of leaves, dirt, and other debris. If your rain gutters become clogged, they will be unable to divert rainwater away from your home and the water will spill over them and saturate the ground around your home as a result. Make sure you take the time to climb up on a ladder and clear out your gutters every few months to prevent this from happening.
As you can see, preventing water damage prevention doesn’t have to be hard! Nonetheless, if you do ever deal with a water damage disaster in your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Clean Image for help. Our restoration technicians will be right out to assess the damage and help you get your life back on track.