It’s a busy time of year!  With all the hustle and bustle it may be easy to forget that flooding can happen at any time.  Being prepared and observant are be the best ways to keep your home safe from water damage throughout the holidays.  We’ve got you covered with our list of 5 things to look out for so you can enjoy all the yummy food and festivities without worry.

Appliances

Daily use of dishwashers, washers, and water heaters means a lot of water being pumped around.  When one of these appliances fails it can mean gallons of water spilling out and onto floors.  This type of flooding is unfortunately common and can cause some major water damage.

  • Check your appliances regularly to be sure they are in working order. Follow all protocols for yearly maintenance and cleaning.
  • Check washing machine hoses regularly for any signs of breakage or leaks. Replace rubber hoses with more durable steel-braided lines.
  • Water heaters should be checked annually for signs of corrosion, leaks, or a tank that bulges. A professional should be called every three years for maintenance.

Leaks

Even minor leaks can lead to big problems.  Pipes and hoses can become weathered, break, or burst.  In cold weather, freezing pipes can cause an even greater headache.

  • Check under sinks regularly for signs of warping or discoloration. Look for condensation or corrosion up and around pipes.  Replace rubber hoses with steel braided lines for added security.
  • Check the attic for any signs of water damage including warping, wood deterioration, or discoloration.
  • Garbage disposals work hard and after years of use, they can wear out and start to leak. These leaks often smell foul and can lead to mold growth.  Check under kitchen sinks and fix any leaks.

Accidents

Sometimes accidents just happen and many of them are out of your control.  Doing your best to be prepared is the best defense against possible flooding disasters.

  • With guests in the home, more people means more stress on your plumbing 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.
  • Watch young children carefully around sinks, tubs, and toilets.
  • Properly maintain and clean appliances. Regularly check for signs of leaks and water damage.

Precipitation   

You can’t control the weather, but you can be observant and perform the maintenance necessary to keep your home dry from the elements.   

  • 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.
  • 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.

Minor flooding can certainly happen and those that are small can typically be cleaned up easily without much worry.  However, if you find yourself dealing with a bigger problem then do not hesitate to call water damage professionals.  Water damage can quickly spiral out of control leaving you with costly repairs and the high possibility of mold.  Avoid the risks of major flooding this season by being observant and prepared.  And if you do find yourself in trouble, call for the help you need immediately so you can get back to the fun and festivities of the holidays as quickly as possible.

 

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