Did you know that one of the most common type of home damage is caused by water? Home owners tend to underestimate how a tiny trickle can quickly turn in to a major issue. Damage in your home can end up costing you a lot of money that could have been easily avoided if only you recognized the signs and took action. Read on to learn about the common causes of damage and how you can prevent them.
The age and condition of a home’s plumbing system can greatly affect its efficiency. This doesn’t just mean the pipes that run through your walls either. Your plumbing system’s pipes include your washing machine hose, your ice maker hose and the pipes under your kitchen sink. All of these make of your plumbing system and should be regularly checked for cracks, weak connections and holes. You can do this yourself or hire a professional to inspect these components for you. However, a couple hours of your time and a few extra dollars can save you a lot more money if your systems were to fail.
Busy lives are the perfect conditions for plumbing accidents to occur. Home owners with small children can attest to what can happen when you turn your head for one moment. A toy may be flushed down the toilet or the bathtub may “accidentally” get turned on and forgotten about. The next thing you know, you have a flood situation. You can prevent these kinds of accidents by childproofing your toilet lids or installing devices on your faucets to prevent curious hands from turning them on.
Many people associate dampness with basements. If you take the proper measures to keep your basement dry you shouldn’t have to worry about moisture creating problems for you. Sometimes when home owners consider water damage they think of the worst case scenario such as a flood from a busted pipe.
However, they can occur in your basement over several years. If your basement has always smelled fresh and clean, but suddenly gives off a musty odor you will want to call in a plumber or water damage restoration company as soon as possible to inspect your foundation to determine what is causing the smell. Musty smells in basements are not something to tolerate because damp, dark conditions mean mold can grow easily and compromise the health of your family.
In order to prevent damage to homes, home owners must take preventative, proactive steps to prevent water from getting into their homes. This means inspecting your plumbing systems, as well as your roof for leaks regularly.
The water that finds its way into your home may be coming from outside. Therefore, you should often inspect your landscaping and the outside of your foundation to make sure it isn’t pooling in certain sections of your yard that could affect the integrity of your home’s foundation. Moisture damage, whether a tiny leak or a major flood, can create major problems for home owners. The quicker you are to access a situation and fix the problem, the drier your home will be in the long run.
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