Main Causes Of Water Damage And How To Prevent It
“Accidents happen!” We have all heard that phrase before. It is impossible to live a whole lifetime without experiencing some kind of water-related accident. Statistics show that 14,000 individuals suffer from the effects of property water damage every day. 98% of basements will experience water damage during their life spans. That being said, what are the main causes of water damage and how can they be prevented?
- Leaking or frozen water lines or pipes
- Overflowing sinks, bathtubs or toilets
- Washing machine, dishwasher overflow
- Flooded basements
- Heavy rains
- Roof leaks
- Cresting rivers or streams
With the luxuries modern homes provide, gallons and gallons of water surround us at all times. Pipes, gutters, sinks, and rivers are just a few objects that hold and transport water. When one of these systems fails, there is bound to be a water-related emergency that results in damage. Do you want to hear the good news? 93% of all water-related accidents could be prevented.
Water Damage Prevention Tips
- Periodically assess the state of rain gutters and drains around the structure to ensure they are not prone to clog or overflow.
- Check under the kitchen sink, especially around the garbage disposal area, and identify any smells, warps, or dampness in the surrounding area.
- Laundry machines have a tendency to cause water damage! Frequently check behind the washing machine, where the hoses are, for dampness, or any sign of leakage.
- Be on the lookout for warping or bulging in floorboards, walls, and ceilings.
- Check the roof and any other areas of the structure where water damage is possible from weather-related events.
- Detach garden hoses from the water source before the climate reaches freezing temperatures.
If you suspect water damage, don’t wait to contact a professional in your area, like those at Valleywide Restoration. Immediate action is key in successfully combating water damage to the fullest. Do not try to engage in cleaning up a water emergency without first contacting a professional. The restoration specialists will have the equipment necessary for a thorough clean up. The majority of the time, there is unseen damage after a water-related accident. Ask the professional in your area about:
- Water extraction-cleaning up water isn’t as simple as laying out a few towels and strategically placing a couple of fans. Water can travel unnoticed and make its debut much later, accompanied by worse damage than if stopped when it was first detected.
- Structural drying-this measure is taken to prevent any unwanted mold from growing in the affected areas, as well as any other unsolicited growth. Wet wood becomes weak as water seeps in and sits. Thorough drying is crucial.
- Contents restoration-other than structural damage, personal items get damaged too. Ask a professional about their contents restoration service. This service provides a solution to damaged personal property.
- Repairs and reconstruction-with water damage comes the need for repairs! Drywall, flooring, and carpets are just a few potential victims of water damage. Check with your local Chandler restoration company about assistance with post water damage repairs and reconstruction.