5 Useful Tips to Prevent Water Damage

Water damage is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. Whether it surprises you or not, it is one of the most common causes of property related loss. Unlike wind, hail and flooding however, which are more seasonal problems, water damage can affect your property all year round. 

The worst part? It can happen to anyone and if you’re not careful, by the time you notice it, it could be too late. If left unattended, water damage can cause odors, stains, mold, structural problems and more! Instead of hoping you’re not going to be one of the people affected by this, there are precautions you can take in order to avoid the need for water damage restoration. This is why we’ve prepared this quick guide to help you make sure your house is safe all year round. Follow the steps below and you won’t have to worry about water damage any time soon!

Take care of your pipes

This is something that most people never really take into consideration, however the health and longevity of your pipes depends highly on how you treat them. Don’t be scared, you don’t need to do much, it’s a matter of incorporating small things into your routine.

The first thing you should remember is to never pour down oil and cooking grease down your drain. We’ve all seen how oil hardens and sticks to our pans when we cook, well that’s exactly what it does in your pipes when you flush it down. This can cause serious damage or block the normal water flow. 

Another tip is to always make sure your pipes don’t freeze. Use the thermostat at home to control the temperature especially on cold nights. If your pipes freeze they can potentially burst causing significant damage to your property. 

Look out for leaks

Sometimes leaks happen in places where you can’t notice them until it’s too late. One of the simplest ways to know that something is off is by monitoring your water bill and water meter. If you know how much water you usually use and what you normally pay then you can notice if there’s a sudden cost increase. Once you figure that out, you can start looking for leaks yourself or call for professional help. 

Look for areas with moisture and mold

One of the simplest things you can do that won’t take up any of your time is making sure you’re on the lookout for any areas of moisture or mold. There are a few signs you should keep your eyes peeled for.

These include black speckled spots, flaking wallpaper and paint or an earthy, rotting smell. If you notice any of these signs be sure to conduct a more thorough investigation. Last but not least, you should also check your windows in the morning, if you notice condensation on the glass that might indicate your house has high moisture levels. 

If you notice anything unusual, but you’re still not certain it’s a problem, pick up your phone and call for a professional opinion.

Take care of your garden or backyard

Who doesn’t love having a beautiful garden full of shrubs, trees and flowers? As great as that may be, if you’re not properly maintaining your garden it can actually cause serious problems for your house. If you’re not careful where you plant and you don’t regularly look after your plants, they can actually cause issues.

Roots of shrubs and trees can damage the pipes if they grow too close to them, this is why it’s necessary to maintain the vegetation in your garden and move plants if they get too close to your house and its foundations.

Watch out for black speckled spots, flaking wallpaper and paint or an earthy rotting smell

If you notice any of these signs be sure to conduct a more thorough investigation. Mold can cause serious problems and damages to your house. If you’re not certain you can always pick up the phone and ask for professional advice.

Clean the gutters

Cleaning gutters isn’t a chore anyone looks forward to and is something that often gets overlooked. In reality however, you should try and unclog them at least twice a year. If left unattended they can easily fill up and stop the water flow. One one hand this can cause damage not only to the gutter itself but also to your roof. Furthermore, if the water collected from rain can’t go anywhere it will eventually spill over which will lead to puddles that could damage the entire foundation of your house. 

Although it’s not something that we often think about, water damage is no joke. It is important to know the risks and potential harm it can do and how to prevent it. Make sure to follow our tips so you never have to worry about any leaks damaging your property.

If you’ve already experienced similar problems and you can’t handle them on your own, don’t worry, pick up the phone and call our experts. Here at Clean Expert we handle calls about water damaged properties with priority and we’ll be at your doorstep as soon as possible. 

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  • George Kosev

    George Kossev is a highly experienced and dedicated carpet cleaning specialist with over 15 years of expertise in providing top-quality carpet care solutions. As the owner of Clean Expert, George has built a reputation for excellence, reliability, and unparalleled customer service in the carpet cleaning industry.