With the hurricane season fast approaching, you do not want to get caught unprepared or vulnerable to water damage. A single hurricane or even a small storm can be very detrimental to your property. Moreover, whether big or small, water damage is always inconvenient.
Luckily, you can exercise water damage prevention through simple maintenance practices. Although you can not control mother nature, there are some household items you can pay attention to. A proactive approach can protect your property from any potential water damage and that is one less thing to worry about during storm season. And, should any water damage or mold affect your home due to stormwater or flooding, Rytech First Coast has you covered.
Here are a few tips from us on how to protect your home from water damage.
1. Check for leaks.
Small and minor leaks are not easy to detect but can cause immense damage if neglected. For instance, a leaky tap can pour hundreds of gallons in a week. You should inspect the areas under sinks and appliances like dishwashers for signs of leaks. Identify the source of the leak and have it repaired as soon as possible.
2. Clean the gutters
It is normal to have leaves and other debris in your gutters during autumn. However, weeds and moss are other causes of blockage in your gutters. These blockages can cause dampness and leaks in your house. As such, it would be best if you cleaned your gutters at least twice a year to avoid any blockages and the formation of ice dams. This prevents any sagging and structural damage to your gutters.
3. Know where the water main is
In the event of a leak or rupture, time is of great importance. In only a few minutes, a rupture can cause significant flooding and severe water damage. Reacting fast to these accidents can save your property from water damage. As such, it is essential to know where the main shutoff is located so that you can shut it off in case of an accident. By shutting off the primary water source, you will prevent the rupture or leak from causing severe water damage.
4. Maintain your appliances
Appliances are the main source of water damage in homes. Always maintain your appliances regularly, as per the manufacturers’ specifications. Wear and tear can cause leaks in home appliances, and by inspecting and replacing worn-out parts, you will have saved yourself from many water remediation exercises.
5. Check your water pressure
Pipes and hoses in your house may implode if the water pressure is set too high. Consider acquiring a water pressure gauge to keep an eye on your water pressure. Generally, residential home systems are designed for a pressure of between 40-70 psi. If your water pressure exceeds these levels, you might need a pressure regulator installed to prevent water damage.
As much as prevention is better than cure, you will still need a solution if water damage strikes. In case of mold or water damage in your home, contact Rytech First Coast for professional water and mold remediation services.