Water Damage Prevention Tactics To Avoid Costly Cleanup
Water damage cleanup should not be taken lightly. At TRAC Solutions, we understand how overwhelming water damage can be, and that is why we are here to help. We offer complete water damage cleanup services in Eau Claire and since we have the cleanup under control, we want to make sure that you know how to help prevent water damage from occurring in the first place. The following list are things you can do in and around your home to help prevent water damage.
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Do a visual inspection in and around your home at least twice a year. You should pay special attention to areas that you do not go to very often, like crawl spaces, attics, garages, and under cabinets. Be sure to check rain gutters, rooftops and window wells also. These are all common places where water can pool and go undetected until the problem becomes severe. BE sure that these areas are clean and clear, show no signs of water damage, are free from buildup, and are not broken, cracked, damaged, or deteriorating. Make any needed repairs as quickly as possible and continue to periodically inspect these areas to be sure they stay clear of any signs of water damage.
Schedule and perform routine maintenance on all household appliances that use water. Dishwashers, washing machines, and hot water heaters are all common sources of water damage in homes, and if left unchecked can cause some serious havoc. The hoses that provide water to and from these appliances should be checked regularly for signs of deterioration, leaks, and loose connections. Be sure that they are installed correctly and securely, and follow manufacturer’s guidelines for use and maintenance. If you notice leaking, corrosion, or machines not functioning properly, discontinue use until they have been inspected and fixed to save yourself from serious water damage.
Monitor the water pressure going into your home. When water pressure is too high, it puts unnecessary strain on pipes. Pipes will eventually burst or spring leaks under too much pressure, resulting in water damage to your home. A water pressure gage can be easily installed to an outside faucet on your home to give you a water pressure reading. If your water pressure is above 100 psi, you need to install a water pressure regulator. Regulators can be found and purchased from most local hardware stores, and come with easy to follow installation instructions. Regulators will help ensure that the pressure going into your home stays within normal limits, keeping your pipes from straining under unnecessary pressure.
Know the location of your water main line. If you find yourself in a situation where water is flooding or overflowing into your home, you need to know where your water main is and how to shut it off. This can help prevent gallons and gallons of water from entering and damaging your home.
Pay attention to your water bill. If your usage spikes from one month to the next with no explanation known to you, it may be due to a water leak somewhere. If you cannot find the source, cause, or explanation to a sudden rise in your water usage, review your visual checklist and call in the water damage cleanup professionals.
Catching water damage quickly can be a huge aid in the cleanup process, and any steps that may prevent it from occurring in the first place are worth it. Even if you follow all the tips and tricks out there, water damage cannot always be prevented – that is where we come in. If you have suffered any type of water damage, regardless of the cause, let TRAC Solutions handle all the water damage cleanup.
TRAC Solutions is a locally-owned Chippewa Valley company with more than 25 years of experience in Western Wisconsin. We are a full service general contractor specializing in property restoration and disaster cleanup, along with carpet and air duct cleaning.