About 90% of homeowners have dealt with the woes of water damage. That percentage may point to the idea that water damage is unavoidable, but don’t lost hope. It is still possible to prevent it. Even if prevention doesn’t happen, a lot of the tips listed below encourage early detection. Early detection keeps the problem controllable, easier to fix and cheaper to rectify. In order to keep water damage as far away as possible, pay special attention to these different compartments and appliances in the home.
1. Roof and gutters
Be sure to check the roof and gutters of the home. It is important to make sure the roof doesn’t have any missing or damaged shingles. The shingles are really important for making sure the moisture stays out of the roof. When going on the roof, be very careful and make sure to use a sturdy ladder for safety. The gutters are a little different. Using a hose, rinse the gutters down. Get rid of any excess dirt and debris. While using the hose, make sure to keep an eye out for any leaks while the gutters are still wet. Leaky gutters need special attention as they can morph into disasters in the house. When the gutters catch and release rainwater, make sure the water is disposed between three to six feet away from the house.
2. Boilers and Water Heaters
Boilers need to be thoroughly cleaned and drained once every year. Even it means placing some sort of timer or scheduled event in the calendar, don’t forget to stay on top of this. Water heaters work best when they are monitored and flushed every six months. The reason for flushing the water heater is because over time, sediments and debris easily pile up inside. To keep it working properly, stay on top of the routine flushing.
3. Water Bill
Keep an eye on the water bill each time it comes. Seasonal changes might make the bill go up. If the bill seems to be unusually high, check to see if there are leaky pipes, faucets or drains in the house. If not caught quickly, this can lead to mold. The bill for mold removal is usually higher than the water bill, so count the costs and keep an eye on those numbers.
4. Kitchen and Bathroom Fixtures
Water is constantly flowing in areas like the kitchen and the bathroom. Pipes for the sinks, toilets and faucets as well as different appliances that use water (i.e. dishwasher) need to be checked routinely for leaks and excess water. Water pressure is another great indicator of an issue. If the water pressure is low, this could mean that there is a leak somewhere. For places like the bathtub that regularly come into contact with water, add splash guards to the baseboards near the shower. This will help to protect the walls, present a more polished look and prevent potential mold issues.
These suggestions are just a few of the many ways to avoid water damage. Making the home’s water concerns a top priority will increase home safety and avoid torrential disaster. It is much better to make the sacrifice now than pay the costs later. After all, an ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure!