Most people would agree that you can’t live without water. It keeps your family clean, healthy and happy. Unfortunately, water is the most common source of home damage – whether it’s from big storms, leaking pipes, roofs or appliances.
The best way to avoid water damage is to prevent it before it becomes a problem. Here are a few tips from Approved Plumbing to avoid costly water damage:
- Inspect household appliances regularly, looking for leaks or signs of wear. You should inspect your water heater, washing machines, dishwasher, refrigerator and air conditioner.
- Check the seal on your doors and windows to make sure water cannot seep through.
- Carefully check the plumbing around sinks, showers, bathtubs and toilets. Verify that water isn’t collecting anywhere. If water is collecting, call us immediately.
- Inspect your pipes. If they are behind walls, under floors or above ceilings, look for signs of water stains on walls, floorboards and ceiling panels. If you are unsure what to look for, we recommend scheduling an annual inspection.
If significant water damage does occur in your home, you will need the help of professionals for repairs, as well as an insurance adjuster to file a claim. But there are several things you can do in the meantime to contain the damage:
- Stop the source of the water. If it’s coming from a pipe or hose, shut off your home’s main water valve. If it’s coming from the roof and you can access your attic, use something to catch the water like a large plastic sheet or pans and buckets.
- Open windows and turn on fans or heating and air conditioning systems to prevent the growth of mold and mildew and also to promote drying.
- Take photographs of the damage to submit to your insurance company.
Water damage can happen quickly and sometimes unexpectedly. By taking these steps, you can be better prepared!