Preventing Water Damage in Your Home
There is a great sense of pride which comes with being a homeowner. Whether it’s about creating a space where you can relax after a long day’s work or simply having a safe place for your family to stay, running your household takes a decent amount of planning.
There are so many things to look after that it’s easy to over look a bill payment or here or there, or to leave the lights on while away.
However, one thing you don’t want to overlook is existing issues that can lead to water damage. These prolonged problems, when not remedied, can spread until they become more serious issues.
SERVPRO specializes in the type of emergency restoration services which you may one day need for water damage issues. However, in addition to this service, SERVPRO also loves to share our expertise with our valued clients in Smyrna, and the surrounding Rutherford County area.
SERVPROS 4 Water Damage Prevention Tips
To help you avoid extensive water damage issues - we’ve compiled a helpful list of preventative tips you can use to safeguard your home.
Is This Water Bill for Real?
A good sign that water damage could be around the corner is if you’re already noticing extra water costs.
Have you noticed any strange spikes in your water bill recently? If so, this is normally a sign that there is water leak somewhere. Leaks tends to cause excess water to be used in everyday tasks because of the quantities leaking out somewhere.
Start by checking where you use the water most to see if there’s any damaged or leaking pipes.
Leaky pipes can certainly result in a spike in your water bill, but if they go undetected for too long you could be looking at bills of another variety. Areas in your house left exposed to water for too long can lead to water damage, which can be especially troublesome during the summer.
The result could be the need for extensive emergency restoration work, which will certainly add up to more than a spike in your water bill.
A Costly Clog
Clogs are a part of every day life, but even they can lead to more intense problems when not remedied correctly.
Even if you have amazing cleaning habits you will eventually run into a clog at some point. A typical method for dealing with this is to use some form of unclogging chemicals. They can be inexpensive, and normally get the job done in a short time with limited amount of work.
However, the issue with these chemicals is that you run the risk of them eating away at your pipes over time. Consistent use of these can lead to leaks over time. Additionally, using chemicals so often may not be good for your health.
We suggest using a drain snake instead to unclog pipes. They’re cheap and typically easy to find at local stores. It may take away some of the convenience of using chemicals, but you’ll be sure to get the job done without any of the worry.
Make Maintenance your Routine
Preventing water damage in your home should be a part of your normal routine.
The suggested maintenance routines vary from item to item within any building, but a general rule is that you should check your home on a schedule.
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts of debris to ensure that they’re clear for water flow is a seasonal check. You certainly use your washing machine on a continual basis, so making sure that its hoses are in good shape is key to avoiding expensive water damage and clean up.
Theses materials, hoses, and pipes are designed to carry water and to keep you safe, but keep in mind that they have their ware and tear like any product that is used over an extended period.
If you keep a to do list of home cleaning be sure to add checking for water damage or damaged areas to your list. It’ll be cheaper to repair and replace if there’s no extensive damage involved.
It’s in Your Hands
Water damage and flooding which has reached the need for emergency restoration can be stressful and intimidating.
However, the good news is that there are many simple things within your control that you can remedy or catch in time.