Preventing Water Damage
There are many causes of water damage, so there are equally as many ways to prevent water damage from happening. Southeast Restoration has helped thousands of homeowners in the Augusta area cleanup water damage, and repair their homes, and we have seen it all. That is why we are sharing some causes of damage and how to prepare for them and prevent them in your own home.
Water Damage from Sewer Issues
The most dangerous kind of water damage is when the source is from your sewer. Obviously, your sewer is packed full of germs and disease and when that bacteria gets into the walls or carpet of your home, it can be very difficult to get out. Sewer damage has the highest potential of making you sick, so it is very important that you get a professional to deal with it and don’t try and handle it yourself. That being said, you can do some simple things to prevent your sewer from backing up into your home.
Do not ever flush anything down the toilet except for toilet paper, feces, and urine. This includes sanitary napkins, tampons, flushable wipes, and even hair.
If you have a water-conserving toilet, flush twice for excrement.
Regularly empty your sewage tank, if you have your own.
These tips will keep your sewer running smoothly.
Water Damage from Foundation Flooding
A very common place for water damage to occur is in the basement of your home, and there are few causes of this. If your basement is unfinished, it may not be sealed and moisture can leak in through the foundation. It is a pretty easy fix to put a sealant on an unfinished basement and it will help prevent moisture on your floor, walls, and in the air. Basements can also flood if your yard declines toward your home. This may take some time and elbow grease, but grading your yard downward away from your home or installing a drainage system will save you a lot of money in the long run, and it will also increase the resale value. If you have made these improvements and your basement is still musty, then invest in a dehumidifier to wick away the moisture in the air and keep mildew and mold from growing in your home.
Water Damage from Pipe Bursts
Pipe bursts can occur for a variety of reasons but the most common are frozen pipes and corrosion. Frozen pipes are relatively easy to avoid. The first tip is to turn off your irrigation system for your yard before the first frost. You should also never leave your home with the heat off in the winter time. If you go away on vacation during the winter, you will need to leave the thermostat at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that the pipes won’t freeze and burst.
Corrosion in pipes is a little harder to prevent, especially if you are moving into an older home. There are certain materials that corrode less than others and if you are building your own home, it is worth investing in the more expensive metals to avoid issues. If you are buying a home, you may want to seek out some information about the pipes or have a plumber investigate the status of the pipes before you buy. Corrosion may be an issue for some pipe materials, but interior buildup can occur in any pipe and it would be a good idea to have them inspected. Water damage can be avoided if you keep all these things in mind.