What is a water damage? It’s any uncontrolled water in your home that causes problems and damages your home.
It can be a simple over-flowing of a sink onto the kitchen floor. Or perhaps the toilet overflowed and it sloshed out a bit onto the bathroom floor. Then again it can be more serious such as from a frozen pipe that spewed water everywhere in the basement soaking the carpet, carpet padding, and walls.
No matter what, water damage in your home is bad news. Even the tiniest bit of water can cause all kinds of problems, from the worse (mold damage) to the least (lingering odors).
There are three things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home.
- Know the water supply turn-off location. Drain all exterior water pipes mainly the garden hose bib. You have pipes and water supply points all over your home. The one main turn-off location should be discussed amongst everyone living in home.
- Repair leaking faucets now. What may be dripping slowly can quickly become a bigger problem soon. And don’t forget those hoses under the sink that feed the dripping faucet. They can burst, too. Look for wet areas under all sinks.
- Change the hoses on your washing machine. Washing machine hoses are pretty cheap to replace but if one of them were to burst, it’s disaster time. These hoses are always under pressure and if they, for some reason, tend to break when you are not at home.
While there are other ways water damage situations an occur in your home, these are the common ones. Don’t make a mistake… prepare now and avoid problems in the future.
But when the worst thing happens, such as a water damage in your home, don’t delay.