As the number one cause of damage to homes in the United States, water is not a force to be underestimated. Seemingly minor leaks and water spills can prove expensive and complicated to repair if not resolved quickly. The following tips can help avoid big problems and therefore big costs caused by water damage.
Periodically check the roof for loose shingles, leaks around chimneys and vents, and damp insulation in the attic. Also, check washing machines, dishwashers and hoses and supply lines for leaks and bulges.
Quickly repair problems as soon as your notice them. If you notice water stains or musty smells, quickly seek out the source. Re-apply caulking around bathtubs, sinks, and toilets when you notice cracks.
Clean and Maintain appliances to keep them working longer. Vacuum Coils behind fridge every 6 months to lengthen the life of the compressor. Flush water heater every 6 months to clean out sediment.
Replace old appliances once they near the end of their life-span. Most dishwashers last 9 years. water heaters typically fail before 12 years. Air conditioners last up to 15 years. Replace supply lines on all water appliances every 5 years.
5. Shut it Off
Be sure that every one in your home know where the main water shut-off valve is located so that major water leaks may by stopped quickly.
Prevention when it comes to water damage is the key to preventing large expenses as well the potential health hazards that may result.