Did you know that 97% of water damage is preventable? Taking steps to avoid water damage risk is an important part of being a homeowner. Most of these preventions don’t require a lot of time, but do need to be done regularly. Here are 5 things you can do now to prevent water damage in your home.
In the Bathroom
- Always use the bathroom exhaust fan or open a window when the shower is in use. Too much moisture can cause mold and mildew. Fans and circulating air will pull moisture out of the air and away from your walls.
- Look under sinks for signs of leaks including cracked or warped flooring. Check for condensation or corrosion up around pipes. Replace rubber pipes with steel-braided lines for added security.
In the Laundry Room
- Washing machines are one of the biggest culprits for water damage because hoses are always running. Hoses should be checked regularly for any signs of damage or strain including cracks, bulges, or leaks. They should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. Replace rubber hoses with steel braided ones. They are much sturdier, last longer, and have less risk of breakage.
In the Kitchen
- Be careful about what you put down your garbage disposal. Items like coffee grounds, grease & oil, paint, and starchy foods should be avoided. Be watchful of clogs and check your disposal periodically for signs of leaks. Look carefully under the sink for water that has seeped into cabinets and flooring. It will often smell foul. If you do notice a problem, repairs should be done immediately to avoid mold.
When Leaving Town
- If you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, the best way to prevent water damage is to turn off your home’s main water supply. You can do this by closing the valve on the main supply line. It is usually located in the basement, garage, or outside near the foundation. Make sure it is shut off by running a faucet before you leave. If you still need water supply to an outside hose or an automatic sprinkler system, then you can shut off valves to specific places in your home. These may include ice makers, dishwashers, and washing machines. The individual shut off valves are typically found near the supply line leading to most appliances, toilets, and faucets. Look for an oval handle and turn clockwise to shut off.
Water damage can be costly and inconvenient. Taking steps to prevent it will be the best way to keep your home safe.
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