Preventing Water Damage By Checking For Common Problems

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Nobody expects that their house will flood or that they will have water damage in their house. The fact of the matter is that over the lifespan of a home, it has a 98% chance of having some type of water damage. Over 14,000 people experience some type of water emergency each day. These are staggering numbers and they illustrate just how important it is to try and prevent these water emergencies.

There are several different ways that you can try and prevent your home from flooding or being damaged by water. By checking for these common problems, you will have less of a chance of having an expensive clean up.

  1. Faulty Toilet. Toilets will often overflow and can keep running if they are not taken care of properly. When you flush the toilet, listen for it to fill up the tank and then stop. If it keeps running, you may have a problem. You will also want to inspect the flushing mechanism and supply line to the toilet to make sure that they are in good working order and are not falling apart.
  2. Broken Water Heater. Broken or leaky water heaters can cause extensive damage to your home. You will want to make sure that these water heaters are not susceptible to corrosion, as they will be less likely to burst if they are not corroded. By inspecting and replacing the anode rod periodically, you will ensure the tank is not corroding. You will also want to flush the sediment from the water tank so that it cannot damage it and cause leaks.
  3. Leaky Roofs. Leaky roofs are one of the most common causes of water damage. It is especially common to have this type of problem when the area where you live is very wet and the water can freeze easily. You will want to have your roof inspected each year to make sure that there are no potential leaks or other problems. If there are, they should be fixed immediately. This may cost you up front but it will save you thousands of dollars in water damage.
  4. Old Homes. Homes that are older tend to have more plumbing issues. Pipes may burst or other plumbing problems could occur. If your home is several decades old, you should consider having a complete plumbing inspection to catch any potential problems.

By checking for these common problems, you will minimize the chance of needing expensive water damage repairs.

If you do find water damage, or if you just want more information, contact a local water damage restoration company, like RESTOR Property Restoration.

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