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Preventing Water Damage
By Terry Allen
Hundreds of gallons of water are normally used and discarded in and around your home daily. Tap water is used for drinking, cleaning, and washing. Groundwater travels through the soil beneath your home. Rainwater is being shed by your roof and flows through the gutters.
When properly treated, water is bliss; but if neglected it can cause expensive damage and loss of irreplaceable belongings.
Water damage can happen at any time and can originate from many sources, including leaky bathrooms, old plumbing, rainwater from leaky roofs, damaged appliances, or frozen pipes.
Whether caused by leaks or floods, water causes much more than stains in your home. Water damage promotes bacteria and diseases. It can wreak havoc, destroying your personal property and irreplaceable family heirlooms. It can cause permanent structural damage to your home and erode its strength.
Every year, water damage costs homeowners billions of dollars. Even more disturbing is the fact that a large number of valuable household items could have been saved with proper preparation.
It will be well worth your time to devote a few moments periodically and check the potential hazards in and around your home. In many cases routine maintenance can mean the difference between a minor cleanup and major construction repair.
By learning the facts and regularly inspecting your home, you can help prevent future water leaks and intrusion and make sure your home remains in good condition.
The Complete Water Damage Prevention Guide
The following maintenance routines are organized by room and will provide you with simple tools and warnings that will help prevent and minimize water related problems and home damage:
Prevent Water Damage in the Kitchen
Prevent Water Damage in the Bathroom
Prevent Water Damage in the Laundry Room
Prevent Water Damage in the Attic
Prevent Water Damage in the Basement
Prevent Water Damage in the Water Heater
Learn More about How to Prevent Water Damage in this Video:
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