Unfortunately, floods can occur at any time and usually at the most inconvenient times at that. With that knowledge, it’s important to plan ahead of time so that you aren’t caught off guard when it happens to you. One great way to prepare is to be aware of which items in your home are most likely to cause floods.
It’s important to keep up with the maintenance of any appliance or general plumbing to lower the likelihood of flooding in your home. With that being said, it is notable to know which items are most likely to flood your home if this maintenance is not kept up. Though you may keep up great maintenance, there is still a chance that these items can just fail. Additionally, punctuality is key. If you notice any issues with any plumbing or appliances, replace or repair them immediately.
Pipes can begin to leak or burst for an abundance of reasons. Pipes can corrode, especially if there is hard water present, chemicals are being run through them, or the pipes are just ill-fitted. When you notice that a pipe is corroded in any way, replace them as soon as possible.
High water pressure can be another reason for leaky pipes. Because pipes are only meant for a certain amount of pressure, they can easily leak/burst if the maximum is exceeded. Water pressure can fluctuate, especially if there is a clog somewhere or the weather has changed suddenly. Be sure to take the proper steps to lower your water pressure to avoid further leaks or a burst.
Unfortunately, weather can change quickly and without warning, something that we are unable to control. However, it can be prepared for. Heavy rain and storms can lead to water damage as they can cause water build-up along the foundation of your home. If this happens, you can end up with a flooded basement. You can avoid this by resealing your basement, windows, and any cracks present in the foundation. You can also prepare by cleaning out your gutters regularly, at least twice a year depending on the foliage around your home. Additionally, make sure water drains away from the home, and check the roof for leaks.
As stated previously, staying on top of the general maintenance of any appliance is essential when trying to prevent water damage, especially when considering that this is one of the top culprits of water damage. The most common appliances that cause water damage include air conditioners, hot water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines. Set a routine inspection for all of these appliances to ensure that you are on top of their maintenance regularly. Each appliance will need to be checked for different things which include but are not limited to: leaning out any necessary pipes or lines, replacing damaged parts, and calling professionals to help with any needed assistance.
Water damage happens to everyone at least once in their life, whether that be through leaky pipes, natural disasters, or malfunctioning appliances. It can be beneficial to take this as a learning opportunity to prepare and know what to do if anything happens. If you are affected by water damage in one way or another, it’s important to have water damage cleanup professionals at ICON Property Rescue on your side to get a proper job done. Water damage happens quickly and gets worse the longer it stays. By doing this, this water damage will be a one-time occurrence, and you won’t need to deal with the effects of the damage again in the future.