As homeowners, we don’t like to think of the possibility of our home being ravaged by water damage. Unfortunately, water damage disasters do occur, and they occur more often than you might think. The great news is that most water damage events are preventable if you take the right proactive steps to safeguard your home. Let’s dive into some of the most common causes of water damage in Westerville homes and how you, as a homeowner can prevent these common disasters.
Gutters & Downspouts
Believe it or not, gutters do more than affect the visual appeal of your home. The sole purpose of gutters is to collect water runoff from the roof and direct that water towards the downspout. When your gutters become clogged or damaged the water can start to overflow. The overflow can cause water damage through the roof, or the water can spill over the side and collect along the foundation of your home, potentially causing water damage to the foundation and basement areas.
Inspect your gutters and downspouts throughout the year to make sure they are not clogged or have no become damaged. If your downspouts do not direct the water flow away from your home’s foundation it is a good idea to invest in an extender.
- Dishwashers – Dishwashers have been known to cause water damage in homes. Dishwasher hoses and water lines can start to leak or break, often in the middle of a wash cycle, allowing gallons of water to flow onto the kitchen floor. Mobile dishwashers have also been known to cause sinks to overflow when left unattended. A great way to prevent a dishwasher disaster is to routinely check your hoses, seals, and water lines for any damage or loose fittings. For mobile dishwashers, make sure your sink is unclogged and empty.
- Washing Machine – Washing machines can cause some serious water damage in a matter of minutes. The best prevention for washer leaks it to perform regular maintenance checks. Inspect the areas underneath and behind the unit and make sure that all the fittings are secure. If your washing machine does malfunction, unplug it, turn off the water main and refer
- Water Heaters – Most water heaters are kept out of sight and are easy to forget about until they malfunction. Water heater leaks are typically caused by malfunctioning pressure and temperature relief valve, leaky plumbing connection, or deterioration of the water tank. Routine maintenance can go along way in preventing a water heater from flooding your home.
All the prevention tips mentioned above include routine maintenance. Routinely checking and maintaining any appliance or structure that includes water can go a long way in preventing damage to your Westerville home. When preventative measures fail, and you are already experiencing a water damage disaster you will want to act quickly to stop the damage and prevent costly repairs down the road. Fortunately, there is professional water damage restoration companies like Mammoth Restoration that are properly equipped and experienced to help you get your home back to normal.