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Preventing Water Damage

Preventing Water Damage: Essential Tips for Idaho Falls Homeowners

Water damage is one of the leading causes of property damage. From an extreme weather event to a leaking faucet, water damage can lead to serious health hazards and cause extensive structural damage making your home unsafe to live.

While you may not control severe weather, there are many things you can do to protect your home.

We’ve listed several essential tips that can help you in preventing water damage in your Idaho Falls home.

Check the Faucets and Hoses

Always turn off your faucets when not in use to prevent water damage. Whether you’ve freeze-proofed your water lines or not, disconnect the hoses from the faucets including the appliance hoses for items like the washing machine and the refrigerator.

Fix Water Leaks

While some leaks may be obvious, the hidden and slow leaks can also lead to extensive damage. The biggest water leak culprits are sinks, water heaters, sump pumps, dishwashers, tubs, and washing machines.

If you notice chipped paint on walls, damp floors, or a musty smell, have a professional assess the situation and make the necessary repairs. Have them install water leak sensors while at it to help you detect leaks faster in the future.

Shut Off Your Water Supply Lines While Away

Whether it’s a three-day vacation or you plan to be away for an extended period, shut down your water main supply. It eliminates the chance of coming home to a flooded home.

Check Your Water Fixtures Regularly

Make a routine inspection of your sinks and drains. Ensure your plumbing fixtures like the kitchen sink, water heater, sprinkler system, and sump pump are in perfect working order. If you suspect a leak, shut off the water main and repair the crack or leak immediately to avoid costly repairs in the future.

Clear Blocked Gutters and Downspouts

Clear out debris and standing water on the gutters and downspouts to ensure direct water flow off the roof and away from your home’s outer walls. Installing gutter guards can help prevent debris accumulation and roof water pooling protecting your home from water damage.

Track Your Water Bill

Tracking your water bill alerts you to unusual costs that could be caused by leaks or burst pipes. If you can’t explain the sudden increase in the water bill, you may need to have your water service line checked to avoid extensive water damage.

Inspect Your Roof

A damaged roof is a water damage-ticking time bomb. Routinely check your roof for any issues such as cracked or missing shingles, loose mortar, or damaged flashing, and make prompt repairs.

Address Potential Issues in the Basement

Basements are often unattended in most homes and over time, the once waterproof room could harbor cracks in the foundation wall or the floor slab. Leaking appliances or rainwater can seep these cracks and cause severe damage. Regularly inspect your basement and fix any potential issues that arise.

Monitor Water Pressure

Installing a water pressure gauge to measure your home’s water pressure is vital in maintaining good water flow and preventing water damage. If the water pressure reading is low, it may signal pipe blockage or leaks. When freezing pipes exert too much pressure on the pipes and fixtures it could lead to catastrophic water damage.

An emergency pressure release valve can help ease the pressure on your plumbing system, especially in the harsh Idaho Falls winter days.

Caulk and Seal Your Windows

Caulking and sealing your windows keeps rainwater or snow from seeping into your home. Unsealed windows may allow moisture to travel down the window frame and walls, and if it goes undetected, it may damage the floor, promote mold growth, and cause other structural problems.

Contact HHE for Quality Water Damage Restoration in Idaho Falls

Are you dealing with small leaks, damp spots, or frozen pipes that could lead to water damage to your home? Don’t panic, Healthy Home Environmental Services can help. We provide professional and timely water damage restoration services to property owners across Idaho Falls. Contact us today to get the help you need.

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