Hurricanes, large floods, massive amounts of precipitation, and other weather-related issues pose unavoidable water damage disasters to many homeowners. There are some measures you can take to prevent water damage from happening in these instances, but if the event is serious enough prevention efforts are useless. Some of the more common types of water damage disasters are preventable though. Here is a list of some of the more common types of household water disasters and what you can do to keep them from happening to you!
Bursting Or Leaking Pipes
Pipes that burst or leak are common culprits of water damage. Drains and toilets that get backed up and blocked can cause undue pressure in the pipe, which then causes it to burst or leak. Garbage disposals that aren’t working properly are another common reason for pipes to burst, as are roots that grow in the yard into the sewer lines. Old or rusty pipes are also more prone to leaking. You can prevent these issues by regularly having your pipes inspected and replaced when they grow weak. Also, if temperatures drop below freezing, you should have your water pipes dripping at night to stop them from freezing up and bursting the pipes.
Malfunctioning Household Appliances
As your household appliances go through normal wear and tear and break down over time they become more prone to cause water damage. Washing machines, refrigerators, dishwashers, and water heaters are the most likely appliances to cause this. You can prevent this by simply keeping a close eye on these appliances, performing regular maintenance, and replacing them when need dictates.
While some plumbing issues occur within the walls and are impossible to detect, may happen because of hoses and pipe joints not being fully attached. Periodic once-overs under your sink can help mitigate any plumbing problems.
This is a relatively simple issue to fix, but it is also incredibly common. Most of the time, drainage failures don’t ever amount to serious damage, but they certainly can. The best way to prevent this is to take care of a drainage problem as soon as you see it and before it becomes too serious. Doing so should eliminate the threat of a water damage disaster caused by a drainage failure.
While some events are simply too powerful to prevent them from causing water damage, the most important part of the fight against water damage involves what you can do from day to day. The simple, regular maintenance and checkup of the areas of your home prone to causing water damage will go a long way to keeping your home water damage free. Nonetheless, if you do find your home dealing with a water damage disaster you can call the pros at Regional Property Group in the Southern Maryland area to come and get the job done right for you.
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