How to Minimize Water Damage
Spring is the wettest time of year and though the showers bring flowers, it can also cause water damage. No matter how water damage occurs, whether by flooding/rain or a plumbing issue, it can be very expensive. The average cost of water damage restoration is over $3,000. To protect yourself and your home from water damage, first and foremost, it’s important to do any preventative measures.
The best tool against leaks and floods, is being ready beforehand. Below, I’ve compiled a list of a few tips that can help you reduce your risk of water damage in/around your home.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clear
- Check appliances for leaks regularly and fix any problems promptly
- When replacing appliances, replace the hose as well
- Consider installing water detection devices near your water heater, sump pump, washing machines or any other device at risk for leaks
- Keep a watchful eye over your water bills. A spike in the usage can give away a mystery leak
If you have noticed water damage in your home, the best plan of action is to clean it promptly. Water damage can lead to mold growth, which can cause additional damage and produce a smell. After several hours, some flooring and items will be unsalvageable if they aren’t properly dried. Here are some tips for what to do after discovering a flood or water damage in your home.
- First, shut off the water source. Find the shut off valve for the fixture or the pipe causing the leak and shut it off. If you cannot find or reach these shut offs, shut off the main water valve for your home.
- Do what you can to limit damage:use buckets or tarps to intercept the water. Move any furniture away from the wet area.
- Call your insurance company to begin a claim.
- Call SERVPRO for restoration help.