You’re aware that water is a necessary element of life. But only because you need water to live, does not mean that your home needs it as well. In reality, water anywhere in or around your home can be a critical problem with costly consequences. You may believe that a small bit of water is no big thing. How much? Here are a few things you should know:
- A flooded cellar will cost anywhere from $500 to $10,000 to dry and repair. Factors that contribute to cost include the size of the basement, the harshness of the flooding, and the length of time that the basement was flooded.
- A burst water heater will probably cost at least $5,000 to fix and will cost up to $70,000 in damages.
- Homeowners or flood insurance will often cover water damage costs but not always the entire amount (and it depends on the cause too).
Water damage is a serious problem with potentially serious financial consequences. What do you do to safeguard your home and prevent problems in the first location? With a few careful improvements, measures, and prevention methods, many homeowners can all but eliminate the risk of water damage destroying your house.
BE AWARE, STAY INFORMED
One of the most crucial things you can do to prevent water damage and save money is to be conscious of your home environment and remain informed about what is around you. Just what does this mean? Here are a couple of things you should know:
- Know how old your house is, what exactly the pipes are constructed of, and which type of issues usually plague homes like yours. If you live in an older home it is important to be aware of what the pipes are manufactured from (you can find out that by calling a plumbing service, asking the former homeowner, or even hiring a contractor). You will find a variety of pipe materials used in new and old houses, and some are more vulnerable to leaks than many others.
- Be conscious of your own climate. Do you live somewhere cold and snowy? If that’s the case, you may have to insulate your pipes during the winter. Without a little insulating material, exposed pipes may freeze, crack, and burst. As mentioned above, a burst pipe can cost thousands of dollars to fix. But don’t believe the sole pipes you want to be concerned about are the ones that are exposed; even pipes underneath your home, in your garage, or even near outer walls may freeze. Luckily, all it requires is a bit of foam insulation to prevent most problems.
- Being conscious of the weather issues are common in your region. Weather is maybe the biggest factor that you want to consider when preventing water damage. Make sure to understand what to anticipate and take certain steps to guard your home.
- Look over your water bill every month and listen to unusual fluctuations. If you discover you are paying more than you should, it may indicate a leak.
- Inspect your roof at least once a season. Any damage to your roof can result in serious problems throughout the remainder of your property. If you can’t see your roof or are incapable of scaling on it, then call a roofing firm for aid.
Damaged sprinkler systems are a major cause of lawn and basement floods throughout the country. It is typical for sprinklers to wear over time and with frequent use, eventually resulting in leaks. And in areas that fall below freezing throughout the winter, broken or burst pipes are much more common. If your city shuts off the water into your irrigation systems every fall, be sure to understand when they’ll turn the water back on. As soon as you understand when the water will be turned on from the spring, then spend a few days as soon as they do this seeing your lawn for any soggy, damp, or unusually spongy areas. If you notice any excess water, you will have to fix the damage immediately. If the main water line does not leak, turn your irrigation system on and watch for the very same signs of damage. If the sprinklers appear to be operating poorly or with reduced strain, there could be a leak somewhere in the system.
FIXING THE DAMAGE
We can help you fix and fix anything that might be causing water damage throughout your home. But we know that life happens and some issues simply can not be stopped. If that’s true, you need to act fast to save your home and possessions. The first thing you need to do if you’ve got a leak or to prevent more water damage is to turn off the water throughout your house. If the flooding is caused by Mother Nature, think about putting sandbags along with other dams around your house as an alternative. When the water is off (or so the flow is diverted) make sure you turn the power off throughout your home. It is very easy to electrocute yourself during flooding should you keep the power on. Following the electricity and water are off, remove all of your possessions and furniture as swiftly as possible. You’ll have to dry and fix electronics and furniture, but most of it may be uninstalled if you act fast. In the event the water subsides or melts by itself, you will have to wash any moist surfaces to prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria from growing. Avoid using high or direct heat, as that may ruin clothes and warp most materials. Once you have completed your best and when there is still water in your house, it’s time to call for professional assistance. Like we said earlier, we’re ready with all the resources and expertise you want when you want us if you can’t do it all on your own.
Maintaining your home safe from water damage from the interior is also critical. Check out how to secure your house from water damage. Has your house suffered damages after a recent storm? Discover how to manage water and storm damage. For professional water damage company or mold removal support, contact your regional PuroClean office or visit their website to find out more.