Useful Tips For Preventing Water Damage In Your Home
As water damage experts in Santa Rosa, the most common question we get is, “What steps can I take to prevent water damage in my home?” Here are some practical tips to help prevent costly repairs:
Know Where the Water Shut Off Valve is Located
Shutting the water off at the source will save your property from further damage. In the event of a burst pipe or other water emergency, turn off the water in your home immediately.
Check Water Supply Lines And Drains in the Kitchen and Bathrooms
Don’t forget to check where the dishwasher hose connects to the supply line. Any condensation, rust, and/or corrosion around the pipes are a sign of a problem. Broken washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of water damage, so check them regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around the hose ends.
A rule of thumb is to replace washing machine hoses and supply lines every three to five years. When replacing supply lines, consider using reinforced grated stainless steel hoses. You should also consider installing leak detectors.
If your refrigerator has an ice maker, you will want to check that supply line as well.
Check the Bathroom
In the bathroom, check around the bathtub and shower for rust, corrosion, and condensation. Check for cracked tiles, as well as cracked or crumbling grout lines.
Clean Your Gutters
One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your home from water damage is to keep your gutters clean. Gutters should be cleaned a few times a year. Grab a pair of gloves, a sturdy ladder, and scoop out any debris that has accumulated in the gutters. After you have cleaned the gutters, make sure to check the down-sprouts to make sure none of it is clogged.
If you are unsure whether your home is experiencing water leaks, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Rosa S.E. / Sonoma. When you hire us for water repair services, you get the following:
- 24-hour emergency service
- Faster response to any size disaster
- Highly trained water restoration technicians
- A trusted leader in the water restoration industry
- Locally owned and operated
- Advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment
SERVPRO of Santa Rosa S.E. / Sonoma is a locally owned and operated water damage company, so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters. Contact us for more information about water damage restoration costs in Glen Ellen.