If you are a homeowner, you might already know that water damage is one of the top insurance claims conducted each year. As Floridians are well aware, flash flooding during hurricane season can destroy a home. But a leak that goes unnoticed for a long time can also be catastrophic.
We recommend following these tips to prevent water damage in your home.
1. Monitor Your Water Bill
One of the easiest ways to see if there might be a water damage issue on the rise is to monitor your water bill. Know what your monthly household average is; if it peaks or drops, call an expert in for a check-up.
2. Clear Downspouts And Gutters
It’s important that you keep downspouts and gutters clear through the year. Double-check and clear them out at least twice a year to avoid ice build-up and prevent vegetation from taking over and causing blockages.
Another way to keep drains and gutters clear is to make sure the vegetation in your garden is under control when it’s close enough to cause blockages.
3. Stay Vigilant With Leaks
If you find a small patch of mold anywhere in your home, or you notice the paint on your wall is bubbling, do not hesitate to investigate and resolve it as soon as possible. This is one of the best ways to keep water damage from spreading through the areas in your home that are below the surface, out of usual eyesight.
One thing to keep in mind is that most insurance policies will accommodate claims that are due to sudden or accidental issues. When it comes to longer-term water damage due to a lack of regular maintenance, it is not always easy to make a claim. Get areas of concern fixed immediately to avoid expensive repairs later.
4. Keep Maintenance In Check
One of the main reasons water damage becomes an expensive endeavor is a lack of maintenance. This maintenance includes household appliances, taps, bathrooms, and anywhere water could leak in or cause an issue. In fact, household appliances can be one of the main causes of water damage. Manufacturers usually put guidelines in the manual for most appliances so you can know how to check and maintain them to prevent future issues.
The more attention you pay to appliances, windows, bathrooms, or any potential leak in water-prone areas, the quicker and easier (and cheaper) it will be to prevent and repair water damage. Another important tip is to know where your water meter is so that you know where to shut off all water access in the event of an emergency.
5. Make Use Of Moisture Detection Devices
Keeping water damage at bay and out of your home is practical. If you are concerned and want to install a safeguard, we recommend installing a moisture detection device. These will signal you when there is cause for concern relating to water or moisture in certain areas of your home. This device will help you pinpoint the source of the problem, at which point you should call an expert to resolve the issue before it gets worse.
Water Damage Restoration And Property Maintenance In South Florida
The risk of water damage can be costly. Don’t leave water issues for too long; they can end up costing more than you expect. With our emergency response team available 24/7, Restoration Maintenance can help protect and repair your home from water or flood damage. Whether you need help with leaky appliances or full flood restoration services, we’re here to help. Give our experts a call today at 954-807-4721.