10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

Author: D16 March 13, 2014

Water damage is usually a costly surprise, but here are some tips so you know what to look for before a simple problem turns into a big disaster.

  1. Check beneath all sinks every now and then for leaks.  Also pay attention to any slow-draining pipes because they may have blockage.
  2. Check your water meter if you think there may be a leak somewhere.  First, shut off every faucet and water-using appliance in the house and check the water meter every five minutes or so for a full hour.  Water usage during that period could indicate a leak.
  3. Fix your grout in the bathroom or kitchen if it is cracked or pieces are missing.
  4. Check kitchen appliances.  Check the hoses for the refrigerator’s ice maker or water dispenser to ensure they are functioning properly with no leaks.  Also, keep an eye on the dishwasher for any discoloration or warped areas.  Also be sure to periodically check the connecting hose to the main water line.
  5. Bathroom caulking, especially around tubs, may need re-caulked if it is showing signs of damage.  Cracks, discoloration, or mold may mean you already have some water damage.
  6. The washing machine hose needs checked periodically and replaced every 3-4 years whether you have a problem or not.
  7. Air conditioners should be inspected by a qualified professional at least every couple years.  They may find a problem, like an obstruction, you didn’t see.
  8. Check the roof for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles.  While you’re up there, make sure gutters are cleaned and attached properly.
  9. Check each window to make sure there are no gaps or cracks around them.
  10. Check the home’s foundation.  Make sure your concrete patio or driveway is not pitched toward the home’s foundation.  Also make sure there is no sinking or puddles around the home’s foundation.  Be sure to check behind landscaping around the home too.

There are many culprits of water damage, and these are just a few tips to help prevent common problems.  If water invades your home or business, call Swartz Contracting.  We’ll handle the situation from start to finish, making us your one-stop shop for water restoration.  For more information, visit www.SwartzContracting.com.