24 Feb 3 Ways to Prevent Water Damage
You may be surprised to learn that water is the most common cause of damage inside a home. From leaky roofs and old appliances to ruptured pipes, there are many potential causes for water damage.
Repairing water damage can be a very expensive job, so as a homeowner, it is important to take preventative measures to protect your property and family from a potential disaster.
This month, IRS-Repair brings you three ways to prevent water damage from striking your home or business.
1. Know Where the Main Water Supply is Located
If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, do you know where the main water supply is?
It is important to know how to shut off the water supply quickly in order to stop all flow of water and avoid costly damage to your property. All members of your household should know where the main water supply is located and be instructed of what to do in case of a pipe leak or burst.
Typically, a home’s water main shut-off valve will be located inside the garage or outside your home, near the foundation. If you are going on vacation or are planning on being away from home, it is a good idea to shut off the main valve in case an unexpected emergency presents itself in your absence.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are the long, narrow tubes that sit against your roof and allow rainwater to properly drain away from your property.
Your home’s gutters are designed to channel water away from the foundation of your home. But, if your home’s gutters become damaged or clogged with dirt and debris, the water could collect and spill into your home’s foundation or leak through your roof.
To ensure your family’s safety, make sure to clean out your gutters at least twice a year or hire a professional to do routine maintenance on your home or business.
3. Keep a Close Watch on Your Water Meter
Early detection of a water leak can save you money and protect you from a potential disaster. But, because water pipes are generally hidden behind walls or underneath floors, you may not realize that you have a leak on your hands until it is too late.
We recommend that you check the water meter in your home and keep a close eye on your monthly water utility bills. To check your water meter, turn off all the water in your home and watch closely to see if the reading changes.
If you notice that your water bill is unusually high one month, chances are that there is a leak somewhere in your home. If you suspect that you are experiencing a leak, shut off your home’s main water valve immediately and contact a professional.
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Water damage can be disastrous for homeowners and result in costly repairs to your home or business. Luckily, by following simple prevention guidelines and being prepared, you can generally avoid severe damage to your property.
At IRS-Repair, we have the experience and skills necessary to assist you with repairs to your property due to water, fire, wind, mold or other peril. Our team of professionals are on-call and ready to help you with your next emergency.
Want more information about our services? Call IRS-Repair today at (954) 725-2895 and let us fulfill all of your property restoration needs.