Water can do a lot of damage in a short time. It takes just 24 hours for mold to begin forming in damp areas. Water can quickly warp boards and ruin carpet. The longer water sits, the worse the damage will be. In a nutshell, water damage is not pleasant to deal with. While you cannot prevent all water damage, there are some things you can do to avoid most common catastrophes. We are sharing the three most common mistakes that can lead to water damage.
Not Fixing Leaks
- Even minor leaks can lead to big problems in the future if not fixed. Don’t ever wait to fix a leak. Check regularly for any signs of leaks. Inspect all possible areas where a problem may occur. Warping or discoloration is an indicator there may be a leak. Also look for condensation or corrosion up and around any pipes.
- In the bathroom be sure to inspect all sinks, faucets, showers, bathtubs, and toilets.
- Garbage disposals go through a lot over the years but often go unchecked for signs of leaks. Check for water seepage into cabinets and flooring, it will often smell foul. Repairs should be done immediately to avoid mold.
- Attics should also be inspected. Look for any signs of water damage including warping, wood deterioration, or discoloration.
- Perform regular checks for signs of leaks or damage on your roof. Always be safe when doing these checks and hire a professional if you are uncomfortable or if it is unsafe. Look for rust spots, holes, and gaps in flashing around skylights, pipes, and chimneys. Check for signs of damage including cracked, buckled, or missing shingles. If shingles are damaged or missing, they should be replaced immediately.
- If you have a basement, check it often for signs of moisture. Make repairs and replacements immediately if there is damage from leaks.
Not Replacing Hoses
- Hoses under sinks and attached to appliances get a lot of wear and tear from constant use. Check all hoses regularly for any signs of breakage or leaks. For the best protection replace all rubber hoses with steel-braided lines.
Not Thinking About the Outside of the Home
- Gutters often get an afterthought, but they do a lot to keep water away from the exterior of the home. Be sure to clear leaves and debris from your gutters. Check for damages and make repairs where needed. Add a splash block or extender to divert water away from the house.
- Be aware of where your lawn sprinklers are hitting. Adjust sprinklers to avoid water on the house. Wet wood can cause rot or attract bugs.
- Twice a year check outdoor faucets and hoses for damage. Replace them if needed.
- Do a perimeter walk around your property to check for tree and plant root growth that may be affecting piping and sewage lines. Look over any exposed pipes for wear and tear. If there is heavy damage replace as soon as possible.
- Water heaters should be checked annually and have maintenance done every three years by a professional. Look for any signs of corrosion, leaks, or a tank that bulges.
- During months of freezing temperatures, take proper care to prep pipes. Winterize outside faucets and sprinkler systems by disconnecting garden hoses and draining excess water from all pipes.
A lot of water damage emergencies are preventable. Taking the time to keep up with maintenance on your home is a real advantage.
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