If your home is located close to a body of water, in a flood zone, or experiences excessive moisture throughout the year, chances are likely that you may have to deal with water damage clean-up. However, water damage can create a number of health hazards that’s best left to the professionals, including:
- Pest infestation
- Damage to the structure of your home and property
Luckily, there’s a number of things you can do to prevent water damage before it affects your quality of life. Let’s take a look at some tips on preventing water damage and address this problem with professional water damage clean-up with ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services.
Preventing Water Damage Inside Your Home
Safeguard Your Possessions Ahead of Time
Before disaster strikes, take the time to create and regularly update a file that contains an accurate list of all your possessions. You can store these in a secure physical place, such as a waterproof container or a safe deposit box or use photos and video files stored in the cloud. Be sure to include:
- Copies of your insurance policies
- Your insurance agent’s contact information
- An inventory of your major household possessions and valuables (include serial numbers and store receipts)
- Other critical, irreplaceable documents such as financial records, personal documents, and family heirlooms
Check Your Insurance Coverage
If you read the details of your homeowner’s insurance coverage, you may be surprised to find that water damage clean-up and flooding aren’t typically designated as “covered perils” under most policies. You will have to pay a higher premium for a flood damage rider for this added coverage.
Verify Your Water Pressure Regularly
Purchase a water pressure gauge to check your faucets. If you notice a reading that’s above 40 – 70 psi, chances are that that a pipe is leaking and may burst in the near future.
Analyze Your Water Bill for Irregularities
If you notice that your water bill is increasingly higher despite the same usage, you may have a leak somewhere – even in places that you can’t ordinarily see. In this case, call a professional to evaluate your property to check for potential leaks. Catching them early can save you a significant amount of headaches and cash down the line.
Check Your Appliances
Appliances have a tendency to leak overtime. However, these leaks may be contained within the appliance or may be hidden behind or underneath them. If you notice any irregularities, such as a washer not washing clothes fully, you may have a leak that requires an inspection.
Remove Debris from Your Gutters Often
Clean out your gutters a few times a year as well as right after a heavy storm. Blockages can cause water to flow towards your home’s foundation, causing problems over time when this water eats away at concrete or cracks it when it freezes. Consider installing gutter guards to avoid having to perform a cleaning as regularly as you would otherwise.
Plant Trees, Bushes, and Plants Away from Your Home
When planting trees and plants it is important to not plant them too close to your home’s water systems (pipes, drainage systems, sprinklers, septic tanks, pools). Roots can tunnel and disrupt the concrete, as well as create a pathway for moisture to enter your home. If you start to notice intrusion by plants and trees, it may be time to transplant them elsewhere.
Addressing Water Damage
Sometimes prevention is not enough. Addressing water damage is normally a very dangerous task for many homeowners. If you notice any signs of water damage or mold growth, it’s time to call the professionals at ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services. Our team of certified technicians will assess the damage, restore any damaged property, make repairs to your home’s structure, and get you back to normal as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more!