Did you know that 98% of American homes will experience some sort of water damage at least once at some point throughout their “lifespans?” Because water is such a necessity, it is inevitable that from time to time, it gets on things that it isn’t supposed to and can cause some problems. It’s annoying and pesky, but logical. We at Mammoth Restoration would like to offer five tips and tricks to help you avoid water damage in the future:
- Keep an eye on appliances in your home that use water. Pay special attention to the hoses that transport water. If you notice odors, discoloration, bulging, brittleness, or malfunction of your appliances or their hoses, replace things right away to avoid water damage and possible mold growth.
- Pay attention to your water bill. This can help you to ensure that you don’t have leaks anywhere that you’re not aware of. A fairly steady water bill or one with predictable changes is a good sign. If you notice an unexpected increase, you’re losing more than just water and money, but also time. Investigate right away; you might have a leak somewhere. If all seems to be well, your effort just gets funneled into your peace of mind.
- Turn off your water before leaving town, and avoid leaving appliances running while you are away. One of the most common causes of a flooded basement or laundry room is totally avoidable; a load of laundry or something left unattended for a few hours. Constant attention to your appliances is not required, but a watchful eye every now and again while they run can ensure that if there is an issue, you can turn off the machine or fix it before it causes damage to your personal belongings. When you go out of town for a weekend or longer, turning off your water altogether is a great idea; it can prevent disaster and is as quick and simple as the switch of a valve.
- Insulate your pipes, especially when colder weather comes. One of the most common causes of flooding is a frozen pipe. Talk to an expert about the best way to do this; some hardware stores sell products such as heat tape that will allow you to do this yourself if you desire. You can never go wrong by having a qualified person do it to avoid mistakes and increase chances that your precaution will last a long time.
- Maintain your trees outside to prevent water damage inside. A tree whose branches or roots are constantly in contact with the structure of your home can weaken it and make it more susceptible to water damage, while also attracting water to itself, and, inevitably, the part of your home that it is exposed to. If you ever redo your landscaping, avoid putting plants too close to your actual home.