Sometimes water damage is just unavoidable. But there are times and situations when we can set ourselves up for success so we can avoid dealing with water damage as much as possible. If you do have signs of water damage, it is best to contact professionals to assess the situation. This will give you a game plan for how to handle the situation to protect your health from harmful toxins such as chemicals and mold, and protect the structure of your home. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind so your home is more protected from water damage.
Check Your Water Pressure
Unless your faucets or showerheads are repaired, your water pressure should remain consistent. If you notice that your water pressure is lower than normal, it’s possible that you can have a leak in your system. This may seem like a small annoyance, but it can lead to some major issues! If you do notice any changes it’s always smart to investigate and take the necessary steps to stop the leak. This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run, and will also save you money as these leaks tend to cause a spike in your utility bills.
Maintaining a healthy indoor humidity (usually recommended between 40-50%) not only makes your living environment more comfortable but also helps to prevent structural damage and mold. High humidity can cause warping in your floor, peeling wall paint, wet drywall, damaged cabinets and wood, and even dangerous electrical problems are all possible side effects of high humidity levels in your home. This is a form of water damage as it is caused by the water in the air around us.
Care & Maintenance
The best way to prevent possible water damage is to follow routine care and maintenance for your home and appliances. Always inspect your gutters, pipes, and roof and repair as necessary. Inspecting your pipes can be a difficult task, but as mentioned before make sure to monitor your water pressure. You also may notice damp spots on your floor or walls- this could signify if there is an issue with any of your pipes and should be looked at. Whenever possible, it is always best to run washing machines, dishwashers and other water appliances when you are home in the event that there is a malfunction. Also always be aware when filling your bathtub or sinks to prevent possible overflow. Always remember to do your research when planting trees and foliage close to your home. Some plants have invasive roots that can cause great damage to your home and even your pipes.
In summary, there are many good practices to keep in mind when trying to prevent water damage in the home. Water damage can be caused by things out of our control such as flooding and storms, but oftentimes damage is caused by an oversight or accident within the home. If you find yourself suddenly dealing with water damage be sure to deal with a team of professionals that are experienced, knowledgeable, and considerate of your home and situation. Disaster Recovery Pros can be reached 24/7 at 727-325-6614 and will always be there for you when disasters strike! Put your mind at ease and call Disaster Recovery Pros.