Even though some forms of water damage are unexpected and unpreventable, there are steps that you can take to prevent destruction or, at the very least, minimize the amount of devastation that can occur. Water damage is usually due to faulty plumbing issues and burst pipes. Therefore, being aware of any plumbing issues and the overall well being of your plumbing system can help tremendously. We are going to cover a few water damage prevention steps that you can take as a home or business owner to keep water damage at bay.
Water Damage Prevention Tip #1: Know Where Your Water Supply Cut Off Valve Is Located
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The More You Know.” This definitely applies to water damage prevention. “The more you know” about your water supply, pipes, and plumbing, the less chance of destruction happening if or when faulty plumbing occurs.
It is extremely important that everyone in your home or office knows exactly where the water supply cut off valve is located and how to shut it off. This simple and efficient water damage prevention tip can lessen the extent of devastation that occurs and can even minimize damage to a puddle that needs to be mopped rather than flooring replaced, saving you money!
Water Damage Prevention Tip #2: Understand Water Pressure
If a pipe is about to burst, it will often give off a warning sign via strange noises or shuddering and shaking. If you hear strange noises coming from your pipes, its best to get them checked out. Another sign is if you notice abnormally high water pressure while washing your hands, showering, or any use of indoor plumbing. If you aren’t sure about the pressure, use a pressure gauge. The readings should lie somewhere between 60-80 PSI. If the water pressure reading is any higher than 80, there may be a likelihood of a burst pipe occurring. This simple water damage prevention tip of keeping an eye on water pressure can stop a leak before it occurs.
Water Damage Prevention Tip #3: Take Care of Your Pipes
If you are going on vacation or will be away from home for a decent amount of time, it is safer to shut off the water supply to your home or office to prevent water damage in the case of a burst pipe. If you live in a colder region, then allow your pipes to slightly drip. This prevents water from freezing inside the pipes, which can lead to expansion and a burst pipe.
Water Damage Prevention Tip #4: Know Your Water Bill
If your water bill is abnormally higher than normal, then there may be an unknown leak occurring.
Water Damage Prevention Tip #5: Bathroom and Appliance Care
Household appliances that use water on a regular basis will have rubber fittings that weaken over time. Periodically check and replace these fittings and/or pipes, check for looseness, and do a once over for cracks and rusting. Also, remove any grease and buildup around kitchen sinks and empty your washing machine’s “debris trap” every 6 months. When it comes to the bathroom, re-caulk sinks, tubs, and showers periodically. This decreases the likelihood of water getting into cracks and crevices around the area.
We understand that some forms of water damage are inevitable, such as those caused from a bad storm or flood. However, with these few water prevention tips, not only will you be able to reduce the amount of water damage that occurs, but you may be able to prevent water damage entirely.
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