Summer is a time for vacations and fun, so you definitely do not want your summer plans ruined having to deal with unwanted water damage in your home. Here’s some tips from Good Times Restoration on how to prevent water damage to your home this summer.
Do regular checks on your appliances that use water in order to make sure they are in proper working condition and do not have any leaks. These leaks could go unnoticed for some time and cause water damage to your home.
Know Your Water Main Location
Faucet drips & leaks could cause damage to your home after being left for sometime. When leaving to go on vacation, it may be a good idea to locate and turn off your main water line so you do not come home to unwanted water damage from dripping or leaking faucets.
People tend to use their watering hoses more in the summer in order to protect their plants from the Arizona heat. Leaking hoses can leak inside your home causing water damage. Make sure to completely turn off your hose after using it.
Maintain Your Vegetation
Try to minimize planting vegetation near water pipes. Roots of trees or bushes could eventually grow and wrap around these water pipes and can cause issues. Also be sure to trim big tree branches near your house. Big branches can fall on your house causing damage.
Clean Downspouts & Gutters
Your downspouts & gutters should be cleaned out in order to be ready for the upcoming monsoon season. Standing water in your downspouts and gutters could cause water damage to your roof.
Check Washing Machine Hoses
Old, cracking washing machine hoses can cause water leakage and water damage in your house. Check the hoses to ensure they are in good condition, if not, replace them immediately to avoid water damage.
Check Your Water Pressure
It may be helpful to get a water pressure gage to measure the water pressure running through the water systems in your house. Most residential water systems run water pressures between 40-70psi. If your water pressure is too high, it can put added stress on pipes and could cause pipe to burst. This could lead to flooding and/or water damage.
Monitor Your Water Bill
If your water bill significantly increases from one month to the next with no explanation, that could be a clue to a water leakage somewhere around your home. Make sure to know your normal water bill and keep an eye out for any drastic changes out of your normal.
Locate and Fix leaks Immediately
When a leak is detected it’s important to take immediate steps to stop the leak in order to not further the damage. Leaks can cause water damage, mold, mildew, structural damage, and/or dry rot. Its up to you to ensure the maintenance on your house is being completed; not all home insurance companies will cover water damages due to lack of home maintenance on your part.
Install Water Detection Devices
Consider installing water detection devices near appliances that use water such as your dishwasher, washing machine, toilets, and water heater. These devices detect moisture levels and alerts you when it senses moisture. These can help detect water damage early and helping you to stop the leaks before serious and expensive water damages occur.
Hopefully this list helps protect you and your home from water damage this summer. But remember, accidents do happen, so if you are experiencing leaks or water damage, don’t hesitate to contact the water damage restoration professionals: Good Times Restoration. We have a 24/7 emergency response available to you when emergencies strike. Have a good summer and give us a call if you are in need.