Did you know that you are 5x more likely to suffer from water damage in your home than you are a break in? Whether it be a small pipe leak or a large kitchen flood, water damage in your home can leave you with a mess to clean up that goes far beyond the surface. Even after you have soaked up all the water and dealt with the surface damage, you may find yourself left with serious structural damage. The leftover moisture will also allow for perfect conditions for mold to grow. Rainbow International of Parkland is a Neighborly Company and here to share our list of the 10 best tips and tricks of the trade to prevent a water disaster in your home.
- Know where your water main is located. In the event of a house flood, one of the most crucial factors in minimizing water damage is to turn off the water source as soon as possible. If you know where the water main is located, you are already one step ahead to getting in front of the issue and preventing excessive damage.
- Make sure that your water drainage is never directed towards your house. Gutters, hoses, and other drains should all be positioned to flow AWAY from your house at all times. This can prevent a backflow of water that could leave you with potential water intrusion.
- Clean your gutters and your downspouts regularly. It can be very easy to forget to check on your downspouts and gutters, leaving them dirty and clogged for far too long. A backflow of water may build up over time and cause water intrusion that can be detrimental to the structure of your home. You may also find yourself with a moldy mess to deal with later. Monthly gutter cleaning is recommended to avoid any possible damage.
- Be sure to maintain your trees, landscape and vegetation. While they may be beautiful to look at, if your plants are not properly maintained, their roots will pose a risk to your underground pipes. If they become overgrown, they may wrap around the pipes causing them to burst. This can lead to harmful water intrusion from the floor to the ceiling.
- Pay close attention to your home appliances. The most common cause of at-home floods is from leaking appliances! Maintaining appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator can help prevent a detrimental home flood. Regular maintenance is very important, as the hoses on these machines may become brittle and faulty with age. They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, the last thing you need is a flood from an old appliance!
- Monitor the humidity levels in your home. Too much moisture in your home makes for ideal conditions for mold to thrive. If the humidity levels exceed 60%, you should be on the lookout for a source of added moisture. This could be due to simple household activities, such as excessive running water from washing dishes, showering, and more. You should also look for leaks and cracks in your home that are allowing outside moisture to enter.. Mold will begin to grow once the humidity levels reach 70%!
- Check the water pressure in your home. If the water pressure is too high, that may be cause for concern. High water pressure puts strain on your pipes and shortens their lifespan. To avoid a potential leak or flood, take necessary precautions if the water pressure in your home exceeds 100PSI.
- Take a close look at your roof. Locating and replacing broken, loose, cracked, or missing shingles as soon as possible is your best bet for preventing further damage and leaks from your roof into your home. In Florida, this is especially crucial around hurricane season (June 1st – November 30th) to be sure that you are prepared and minimize your risk of water damage in the event of a storm.
- Install a smart water main shutoff valve. Today’s technology allows for the help of a smart web-enabled water shutoff valve in your home. With this technology, you can be notified if an unexpected water flow is detected from a smart sensor. This will allow you to immediately turn off your water and prevent damage from a flood as soon as possible, even if you are away.
- Keep your household drains clean and healthy. You should take certain precautions to keep your sink, shower, and tub drains in their best condition. This includes avoiding certain substances from going down the drain, such as grease and debris. You should also clean out and maintain your drains regularly to prevent leaks and overflows. This could cause damage to your cabinets and allow water to be trapped in your floors or between your walls.
There are infinite ways that water can intrude in your home and cause a big problem for you and the foundation of your home. By following our 10 best tips and practices to prevent water damage in your home, you may be saving yourself from a situation that could be disastrous. The bottom line is, if you ever find yourself with a wet disaster in your home, be sure to call Rainbow International of Parkland. We are a 24/7 emergency service who is always ready to take your call. We make it our mission to be there when you need it most. That is why at Rainbow International of Parkland, We Restore, You Recover.