How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home
Discoloration. Mold. Paint flakes. Brittle wooden fixtures.
These problems all have water damage written all over them. If your home is susceptible to water damage, you need to do something about it quickly.
Not only does water damage cause the above-mentioned eyesores in your home, but left unchecked, water damage can give you far bigger problems. From electrical fires to collapsing wooden beams, water damage carries a laundry list of complications.
Luckily, we’re here to help you learn how to prevent water damage to your home. So, if you want your home to stay intact and in good condition, keep reading. Check out the steps you can take to say goodbye to home water damage for good!
Why Does Water Damage Occur?
Water damage happens for a variety of reasons. More often than not, it’s the result of unchecked leaks that have seeped into unseen parts of a home, apartment, or office. However, water leakage is not always apparent.
Sometimes, even moisture that has gone unchecked for years can cause damage to the walls or ceilings. Some causes are less conspicuous than others, while some are glaring. Here are a few of the most common causes of water damage in detail:
Leaks From Piping And Appliances
Nearly every homeowner in the United States has to grapple with leaks at some point. Leaks can occur even with top-notch plumbing and sealing.
They often occur along areas with pipe junctions. Often, points, where two or more pipes are joined, can spring leaks due to pressure or faulty sealants.
Appliances can leak as well. For example, old refrigerators can give off water from the rear. The same is true for air conditioners and chest freezers.
No matter the size, leaks can leave moisture and water on surfaces. Accumulating for months or years, the consistent dampness can lead to bacterial or fungal growth.
There are parts of a home or building where water will likely agglomerate. In Hawaii, many homeowners forget to check behind appliances like the fridge or air conditioner.
Most of the time, these appliances give off moisture. This is not a problem in and of itself. Be that as it may, left unchecked, the moisture can collect in very hard-to-reach parts of your home. Since these appliances can be quite cumbersome, you may not be aware of impending water damage.
Whenever the floor drains clog, water seeps across the floor. Incidences like these are common in basements and kitchens. Not so much for bathrooms, since bathroom floors are tiles (most of the time).
Nonetheless, clogged floor drains make water damage a legitimate possibility for many households.
Simple And Easy Tips To Prevent Water Damage
Now that you know what causes water damage, here are some simple ways to prevent it:
Keep An Eye On Your Water Usage
By this, we mean looking at your water meter.
As mentioned earlier, leaks are some of the most common causes of water damage. We also said that these leaks may spring unnoticed.
A high water bill despite low water usage can indicate a leak somewhere. The resulting information can prompt you to take action.
Once you have identified leaks, you need to fix them.
Sealant and some Teflon can take care of leaks that occur at pipe connections. If the leak occurs along the pipe, you may have to change it.
We understand that this can be challenging. Give us a call for any leaks you find and we’ll be happy to lend a helping hand!
Our water damage restoration services are among the best and most affordable in Hawaii. As part of our services, we can offer you affordable pipe repairs to prevent water from damaging your home!
Keep The Surrounding Parts Of Your Appliances Dry
This is especially true for air conditioners and fridges. Since these are the most likely to leak or give off moisture, you need to ensure the dryness of the surrounding areas.
Keep Drains And Gutters Unclogged
Unclogged drains can also lead to water damage, especially on floors. If a floor drain is on the second floor, water damage may occur on a part of the ceiling on the first floor.
To prevent seepage, unclog drains and gutters. You can do this by using:
- Hot water
- Hot water with vinegar
- Hot water with vinegar and baking soda
- Commercial preparations like Domex
- A snake
You can perform this step yourself. Or, we can help you out! Get in touch if you need any pipes or drains unclogged!
Give Rescue One Restoration A Call?
Sure, you can do all of the above yourself. However, we believe that your time is valuable — and that the job ought to be done with the utmost care.
For this reason, we are just a call or message away in Honolulu. We offer the best water damage restoration services and provide this all for a price that won’t break the bank.
Give us a call or send us a message through our site! We’re more than happy to answer any queries you might have.
When it comes to water damage prevention and home restoration services, we at Rescue One Restoration have everything for you and your home!