Each day, homeowners are away from their homes. Whether it is at work, a weekend getaway, or even a family vacation, many are gone for an extended period of time. Now, how would you feel if you came home after a long day only to see your ceiling collapsed, water running down your stairs, or water in your finished basement? All of these instances are very unfortunate and no home or business owner wants the misfortune of dealing with the cleanup. There is a common misconception that when there is water damage in your home that it is no big deal, yet that is far from the truth. Statistics have shown that homeowners are seven more times as likely to experience water damage over fire damage, and six times more likely to experience water damage than a burglary.
Dishwashers, ice makers, water heaters, toilets, sinks, washing machines, and showers and tubs are all common causes of plumbing leaks that can lead to water damage in one’s home or business. Whether you have experienced a disastrous water leak or a small leak, the damage can still be devastating. It is important to regularly go over a check list that can protect your home against water damage, and save you some money in the long run.
1) Check your hoses and faucets on a regular basis. Many experts recommend this in fact, and you should check hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator on a regular basis to look for cracks and leaks. Also, it is a good idea to replace these hoses every five to seven years.
2) Check your showers and your tubs as well. Make sure that any caulking around the shower and tub areas are airtight. If you see any cracks in the caulking, you should definitely replace is. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.
2. Check showers and tubs. Make sure the caulking around your shower(s) and tub(s) are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.
3) Know where your shut off is to your water main, and know how to shut it off. If the unfortunate event of a burst pipe occurs on your property, you need to know how to shut off the water supply immediately to prevent further damage. In most cases, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water completely.
4) Install floor pans under major appliances. You should consider installing floor pans under your appliances because even though they can’t protect you from a disastrous large-scale leak, they can most certainly prevent damage from a small undetectable leak.
5) Consider purchasing water alarms. Water alarms work just like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area of your home, the alarm is triggered and will warn you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, next to the sump pump, or basically anywhere where water is present and appliances are prone to leak.
6) Purchase a water flow monitoring system. This system is attached to the water main at your property and will protect your entire house. The water flow monitoring system works by measuring the water flow into your house. If it begins to detect continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your every day appliances, it will stop of the flow of water into your house automatically without you having to do any manual work.
If you have recently experienced water damage to your home, you need the help of professionals. Call the Restoration Pros today!