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Water Damage Risk Reduction
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
Homeowners are expected to be proactive in maintaining the integrity of the home. After all, there are ways to ensure the prevention of water leaks. With such a goal at stake, the pressure to reduce the risk for water damage is great.
Taking Note of Plumbing
The regular inspection of the plumbing and drainage systems is a must in every home. Some of the signs of a broken line are the accumulation of moisture around the pipes and the formation of puddles. A musty, moldy smell in the area as well as stains on the walls can be indicative of problems in plumbing.
Preventive Action in Vulnerable Areas
A homeowner can help prevent water damage in the home by making sure that the vulnerable areas of the home are protected. Examples of these places are attics, basements, and exposed pipes. These are the areas that tend to be affected first by water damage. Strengthening them with extra insulation can do wonders in preventing water damage.
Care for the Water Supply Sources
Obviously, water damage tends to happen when the water supply line is not in its prime condition. Inspect the valve connections every six months to make sure that they are working properly. The hoses should not be blistered or cracked. If there are problems, take immediate action. The main shut off valve of the water should also be in top condition. For water tanks, flush out sediments every six months.
Bathrooms are particularly vulnerable to water damage. In order to lessen the risk, the tiles of the bathroom should be in top shape. Replace those that are loose or cracked. The floor drain should also feature a strainer to prevent debris from entering the drainage pipes and blocking them.
Install Sump Pumps
Sump pumps are devices used to drain out the water, particularly in low areas such as basements. They should be maintained in accordance with their manufacturer's recommendation. This usually involves cleaning every two to three months and regular inspections. The best sump pumps are those that have a battery backup in case the power goes out during a disaster such as a flood. The batteries need to be replaced usually every two to three years.
Rework Home Interiors
The interiors of the home play a big part in the reduction of water damage risks. The opening such as windows and doors should be waterproof. If the surrounding areas are warped or the chipping of paint is observed, it could be indicative that the waterproofing has failed. Call a professional to make the necessary repairs. The woodwork of the interiors of the home, such as beams and flooring, should be regularly treated for termites. Damage to them can allow water to seep in more easily.
Pay Attention to the Exteriors
The home should have flashing, which is thin metal strips around the doors, windows, and other openings to the home. Flashing functions to prevent the entry of water in the home. The vents should also have hoods and should work properly to lessen the risk of water damage.
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