Avoiding water damage in your home is simple! All it requires is a little knowledge and then the work on your end to notice any potential water damage issues. From our professional restoration at Valleywide Restoration in Gilbert, below are seven simple tips you can take to help you prevent water damage from occurring in your home.
With all the water that cycles through appliances like water heaters, washing machines, and refrigerators, your appliances can be a ticking time bomb for water damage. Make sure that you take the time to examine your appliances for damage every couple of weeks, especially if they are old and worn.
Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes into the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home!
Water detection devices can be the difference between a minor leak and a massive flood. You should install these in all of the rooms of your home most prone to flooding.
If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 – 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100psi, install a pressure regulator (which is available at hardware stores as well.)
Your water bill can do a lot more than keep you informed about your water usage each month. It can also tip you off to any potential leaking or flooding within your home. The way to do this is simple. Know what the baseline water usage for your home is each month and use that baseline to compare against future water bills. If your bill one month is significantly higher for no apparent reason, then you may have a leak that is potentially causing water damage somewhere in your home.
Your rain gutters are designed to prevent water damage from occurring in your home. However, if you fail to keep them clean they can have the opposite effect. When leaves and debris accumulate in your rain gutters, water will spill over the top of them and potentially lead to flooding around your foundation.
Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.
Even with these tips in hand, water damage is still sometimes unpreventable. If this is the unfortunate case for you and your home is flooded, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Valleywide Restoration in Gilbert for help.