We serve all types of water restoration problems resulting from water leaks to natural disasters. From all our experience we have put together some tips and suggestions to help prevent water damage in your home or business. Did you know water damage doesn’t always have to come after heavy rain? Here are some trouble spots you may not have thought of…
- Appliances: Your water heater, washer, dishwater, refrigerator and air conditioner are all common sources for water damage. Aged water heaters can rust and leak, water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers can develop leaks and hundreds of gallons of water can escape leaving harmful damage.
- Pipes and Drains: Plumbing problems like clogs and stoppages can lead to overflowing appliances such as toilets, sinks and washers. Other issues include grease buildup in kitchen sinks, lint accumulation in washers and roots in sewer lines. Especially in the winter, frozen pipes can burst and damage the building.
- Roofing: Missing, damaged or weakened roofing materials can allow water to entry through the roof and damage your ceiling, walls and floors. Poor attic insulation and ventilation can speed up a roof’s decay and create ice dams in the winter. The weather, like wind, snow, rain and ice, can also hurt the roof’s effectiveness at keeping water out.
Regular inspections can save you from a water damage situation. Make this a checklist for your own home or business to stay dry this summer.
- Repair any damaged roofing materials
- Repair deteriorated soffits, siding, trim or flashing that may allow water to enter your home
- Clean gutters, eves and downspouts to allow water to drain freely
- Ensure that there is adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and that attic vents are clear
- Make sure there isn’t dampness or standing water in the basement or crawl spaces. If there is, give us a call because that may be evidence that there is a leak or improper damage
- Look for signs of existing leaks on ceilings, walls, floors and near appliances that use water
- Make sure hose connections are secure in washers, icemakers, dishwashers and any other appliances using water
- Recaulk and regrout around sinks, showers and tubs when necessary and repair all leaking shower pans and loose or missing tiles
- Check and replace washing machine hoses regularly, making sure there are no signs of cracking, bulging or other deterioration
- Follow all recommended maintenance procedures for your appliances and equipment
- A drip pan can be placed under the hot water heater so small leaks won’t spread and damage the floor
There are also leak detection systems that can help you keep an eye on your problems areas.
- Passive leak detection systems alert you to possible water leaks and generally have an alarm and a flashing light. These systems sit on the floor or are mounted on the wall and have a moisture sensor that activated when it becomes wet. Pass systems cost from $8 to $45 per unit.
- Active leak detection systems generate an alarm and perform a water-stopping function. These systems can be appliance-specific, so when they detect a leak they simply shut off the appliance’s water supply. These systems can range from $50 to $150. Active systems can also be whole house systems that will shut off the main water service when they identify a leak and range from $500 to $1,500.
We hope this valuable information will help you prevent water damage to your home. Feel free to call us any day, anytime at 405-329-8999 if you do need water restoration. Our services include:
- Water extraction
- Structural drying
- Water drying
- Air Purification & Deodorizing
- Raw sewage cleanup
- Mold remediation services
- Full service painting and repair
- Full service reconstruction with Mitchell Construction