HOW TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME
Water Damage Prevention Tips For Your Home
Every homeowner considers water damage a nightmare that they hope to avoid. Whether the water is coming from leaky pipes, a neglected roof, or coming in from a flood that started outside, it can ruin floors, walls, furniture, and keepsakes. Some simple precautions can help you avoid expensive contractor repairs. 1 in every 50 homes has made an insurance claim related to water damage or freezing last year. If you would like to learn more about preventing this, keep reading.
Tip #1 – When buying a new home, check for mold & water lines
The first tip is to make sure that you aren't taking on an old problem with a new house when buying a new home. As you walk the home's exterior, look for waterlines close to the foundation where signs of previous water damage can be seen. This will tell you whether or not there have been previous problems. Additionally, sometimes mold will grow behind baseboards when a wall gets wet time after time. Check here too.
Tip #2 – Take advantage of extras in your security system
Many modern security systems will not only provide a free "glass break" system that warns you if an intruder breaks a glass to gain entry to your home. They will also include flood sensors that they often place under sinks or next to washing machines. You can also put these flood sensors next to doors where you may have had issues in the past.
Tip #3 – Monitor your water pressure
One of the first signs that there may be an issue inside your home is a slight drop in your water pressure that remains constant. This can signal a leak in a pipe in the foundation or under your home where it isn't readily visible. If you don't have a way to measure or monitor your water pressure, keep an eye on your water bill for extremely unusual usage; this may also mean the same thing.
It doesn't always take a natural disaster to cause significant water damage. Your home can be susceptible to water damage through all different types of issues within the home. We hope you use these tips to help prevent water damage and find them helpful.
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