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3 Ways You Can Protect Your Home from Water Damage

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water streaming from showerhead in a tile bathroom Water damage can be expensive to clean up if you don't take precautions!

Ask your friends and neighbors if they’ve ever had flooding or a leak in their home, and you’ll likely discover at least one has (if not more). Although it’s not something we like to disclose to others, water damage incidents are fairly common. While the damages can vary, it’s not uncommon for the cleanup and restoration process to cost thousands of dollars.

It’s not always possible to prevent these incidents from occurring, but there are some steps you can take to mitigate your risk!

Shut Off Your Water During Extended Vacations

Although most people aren’t going on vacation anytime soon, as businesses continue to open, many are starting to make vacation plans. But have you noticed that most accidents seem to happen when you’re away from your home? Whether it’s karma or just bad luck, water damage incidents that occur when you’re not home can get out of hand.

One of the easiest ways you can mitigate these problems from ruining your return home is to shut off the water before you leave. Doing this can prevent burst pipes or leaks from sending hundreds of gallons of water into your home.

Don’t Ignore Your Water Pipes

Speaking of pipes, your home’s plumbing system can cause water damage issues even when you are home. Complications can arise due to having hard water, having high water pressure, or even from pipes freezing in the winter. Hard water and high pressure can be alleviated by installing a water softener and a pressure regulator in your system, respectively. You can prevent frozen pipes by having them insulated in advance.

Even though we rely on our pipes to transport water to our fixtures and appliances, they aren’t something we ignore. If you notice any problems, you should have a plumber address them immediately.

Maintain Your Water Heater

Imagine coming home to find steaming water all over your kitchen floor. That’s exactly what one of our customers faced after their water heater burst one evening.

We all enjoy hot showers, but our water heaters don’t last forever. In fact, they should be replaced before the end of their life expectancy (which you can find listed on your appliance’s label). Over time, water heaters begin to wear down, increasing their risk of leaking or bursting. Be sure to regularly inspect yours for signs of stress; otherwise, replace it when it’s time to do so.

Hiring Water Damage Professionals

If you do have flooding or a leak at your home, you’re going to need the damage cleaned up. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Burke County has more than a decade of experience cleaning and restoring water-damaged homes in the Morganton area. We’re available 24/7 to make any incident “Like it never even happened.”

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