Preventing Indoor Water Damage this Summer

Preventing Indoor Water Damage this Summer

You may find that indoor water damage can go unnoticed for quite some time, and it can be just as difficult to recognize. However, the longer it goes unnoticed, the worse it will be and the harder it will be to clean up. So, in order to keep your home safe and maintained, we have a few of the signs you should watch out for to help prevent water damage in your home this summer.

Hoses

Many households will pull out the hose several times a week during the summer either to water their lawn and garden or to let the kids play and get some relief from the hot sun. When you do this, you need to make sure that you completely turn off and disconnect the hose when you are finished. If you have a leaky hose, the water can start leaking into the home from the outside, and this can cause damage to your floors as well as the foundation of your home.

Gutters

Not many people have cleaning their gutters and downspouts high on their to-do lists during the summer. However, this should be done at least twice per year to ensure there is no blockage that can cause flooding during a downpour. If you leave standing water in clogged gutters, it can also do a lot of damage to the gutters and the roof. 

Trees and Vegetation

While you may love your overgrown shrubs and other vegetation, you will love it less when the pipes for your home are broken due to the roots of vegetation and trees wrapping around the pipes. In the same respect, larger trees and branches in the yard can also cause some significant damage during a windstorm and potentially cause roof damage.

Main Water Line

It is always good to know where your main water is so you can turn it off and on as needed. If you have leaky faucets, they won't be able to cause any damage if there is no water. It is especially helpful to turn the water off if you are going on a vacation and won't be home.

Treating Leaks

If you notice any signs of a water leak or see any signs of water damage, it needs to be dealt with immediately. If you let the water damage go without repair, it can lead to mold, mildew, dry rot, and structural damage. Your homeowner's insurance coverage will not cover damage that is the result of poor maintenance. 

So, to avoid water damage in the future, you can upgrade your washing machine hoses regularly and inspect the lines for wear and tear. You can also install water detection devices in the home. These devices will sound an alarm when moisture is sensed. Low moisture levels or slow leaks that you might not notice right away can be found a lot sooner. It is best to install these around your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, and toilets. 

Finally, you can also check your water pressure and monitor your water bill. If there is a drop in pressure or you have a much higher bill than you normally would, there may be a leak. For any other questions you may have about water damage in your home, contact H20 Away.

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