Water damage, regardless of its cause, is very unpredictable and often leaves us with costly repairs. According to iPropertyManagement, about 99% of homes with a basement in the US will experience water damage at some point. Not only that, but the cost of water damage and removal in the US also reaches up to $13 billion per year.
While many homes and buildings are protected against fire damage by installing fire alarms and detectors, only few have protected their properties against water damage. What makes it worse is that water damage, oftentimes, is unrecognizable until the damage caused is already huge. The best way to prevent water damage and costly repair services, it is important to protect yourself, your home, and your business against it by following the tips below.
- Perform regular inspections and maintenance on your plumbing systems
It is during the regular inspection that you will be able to spot early signs of water damage. Inspect your building for any signs of water leaking such as damp areas or discoloration on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Molds and mildew thrive in wet areas so if you spot molds growth in your property, chances are, there is also a water source near it. Inspect the plumbing system that leads to the water heater, dishwasher, washing machines, refrigerator, and other appliances for any sign of leakage. Make it a habit to shut off the source of water supply when going away for a vacation.
- Repair and protect your home or building’s exterior
Water damage can either be caused by an internal or external source. After a thorough inspection in your plumbing system and everything is in good condition, check the areas in your home or building where water may enter such as your windows, doors, downspouts, and others. Check your roof and the gutter. Make sure that there are no missing or damaged shingles. Remove any debris that has accumulated in the gutter to ensure that rainwater can flow freely. Caulk and reseal windows or any cracks to prevent water seepage.
- Protect your property
Have you heard of the saying that goes, “It’s better to be safe than to be sorry?” This is specifically true when dealing with water damage. You will never know when a storm comes or when your pipe breaks accidentally; so the best option is to be prepared. Place your valuable items, important documents, seasonal items, and other belongings in a waterproof container. Store them away from a water source too such as plumbing pipes in the basement or in the attic. Better yet, invest in a water sensor for your home or business property so you will be notified right away in case of water leakage. This way, you can deal with the issue as soon as possible and prevent the damage from getting worse.
Finally, in case water has penetrated your home, the best option to take is to call a professional water damage repair services to minimize the damage caused. Water damage restoration companies have professional tools and water extraction systems that can quickly remove water inside your home or building and prevent the damage from spreading.