Preventative Tips for the Holiday Season

November 5, 2019 | Blog

It’s a busy time of year.  The holidays are here, and that means the fun and joy of family gatherings, guests, and parties in your home.  With all the added excitement, the last thing you want is a water disaster ruining your festivities.  At Pro Response Restoration we’ve put together a list of some of the most common causes of water damage during the holidays and preventative measures you can take to be sure your season is merry and bright.

Appliances

  • It is common that during this time of year washing machines, dishwashers, and other appliances may be working overtime with all the extra cooking, cleaning, and house guests.  Be sure any visitors know how to use your appliances and any special instructions or limitations there may be.  Also, try to run appliances during off-peak times to lessen the stress on your pipes and plumbing systems during the colder weather.

Plumbing

  • More people means more stress on your plumbing system.  More people taking showers and using the restroom can mean greater chances of clogged toilets and drains.  Be sure to take care of any blockages immediately to avoid possible overflow, and clean up any messes immediately to prevent possible unsanitary conditions and flooding.

Flooding

  • Minor flooding can happen at any moment.  A bathtub overflowing, pools of water from wet snow-soaked clothes and boots on the floor, and other everyday incidents.  More guests can often mean more opportunities for small floods and accidents, so stay on top of clean up duties and be sure to address water spills quickly to avoid bigger problems.

Cracked Windows

  • Winter is not the most popular time to crack a window, however on the occasion they do get opened in the colder, wetter season, it is important to make sure they get closed before any precipitation falls.  Rain, sleet, and snow can cause major water damage to your home’s interior.  Remember to check windows frequently, especially when there are guests in the home.  The last thing you want is an open window during a big rain or snowstorm.

What To Do When Going Out Of Town

  • Turn Off Water- You can switch off all water lines or just the water sources to toilets and faucets.  Turn the knob on the fixtures where the water pipe meets the wall.  If you have a well, switch off power to the well to keep it from pumping.
  • Check Around the Outside- Take a walk around your house.  Clean out gutters and be sure downspouts are properly connected to allow for optimal drainage from rain and snow.
  • Have A Look Out-  It’s always a good idea to have a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member check in on your home when you’re away.  Have them take a walk around to inspect rooms carefully for any unforeseen changes or possible signs of trouble.

These tips can help to minimize water damage risk this holiday season, however, accidents can still happen.  If you’re experiencing a water emergency, it’s important to act quickly.  At Pro Response we are caring professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We are here to help you get back to pre-damage conditions quickly and easily, with as little hassle as possible.

 

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