How to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage to your home or office is a costly and difficult thing to experience. It completely disrupts life and is never planned… or wanted. If you could prevent it wouldn’t you want to? Of course.
Here are some facts about water damage in the United States.
- 14,000 homeowners in the United States experience a water and flood damage emergency every day.
- 98 percent of basements will experience some amount of flooding in their lifetime.
- 10 percent of homes in the United States have leaks that waste 90 gallons of water per day.
- 37 percent of US homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage.
- Approximately one trillion gallons of water are lost from water leaks in the US each year equaling the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined,
With those sobering facts considered, water and flood damage prevention is not something to fool around about. Here are a few steps simple steps you can take to prevent and at the very least minimize water damage to your home in the case of a disaster.
Clean out roof gutters
No one wants to do this. In fact, most of us put it off and never do it, but it really is an important step to keeping your home safe. Debris will build up really quickly in your rain gutters so it’s important you keep a close eye on them. Try to clean them out at least twice a year. If you let the debris build up, overflow may create puddles on your roof and in the long run damage your foundation.
Watch your water bill closely
This is a huge step to preventing any serious problems. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to do at all! Just keep a close on how much you are spending for water each month and if the bill seems unnaturally high immediately call in a plumber to help you assess where the leak might be and fix the problem.
Check your water pressure
If the water pressure for your home builds up too high it could cause pipes to burst, making a serious mess. Buy a water pressure gauge at your local department store, go attach it to an outside faucet, turn the faucet up all the way, and the gauge will give you a reading of the water pressure. If your home’s water pressure is greater than 100 PSI you’ll want to install a pressure regulator to protect your pipes from undue pressure.
Have regular plumbing inspections
A final way to keep your home safe from unexpected water damage is to have it inspected regularly by a professional. Try to do this at least yearly and that will prevent most problems from getting too big or out of hand.
Water damage is a huge risk factor for any homeowner. Those homeowners who follow the simple tips above, however, are far less likely to have to deal with water damage. Even after all these steps are taken, though, there are still some incidents that just can’t be prevented. In those cases, call 24Restore. Located in the St. Paul, Minneapolis area, we specialize in all types of emergency restoration services and we are here to help you get back on your feet if disaster strikes.