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11/26/2015

Water Damage Prevention Tips

Water damage in a home can be detrimental- affecting the foundation, growing mold, and attracting termites. Prevention is the key, and here are a few of the most common sources of water damage that you should target.

Leaky Pipes

The number one cause of water damage is leaky pipes, precisely because many leaks will go undetected until too late. If you know where to look, you can minimize your exposure to this problem. Check pipes below your sinks for leaks. Also look for water accumulating around your bath or toilets. Address any leaks you find immediately because they will result in considerable damage, especially in the attic or basement where restricted airflow can result in mold growth.

Flooding

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States because they can occur anywhere and in any home. A flooded home traps water with nowhere else to go and causes sever damage to the house. There is not much you can do to prevent a flood, but you can limit the amount of damage you experience. Install power boxes, electrical outlets, and household appliances above potential flood water levels. Make sure your sewer system has a backflow valve to prevent sewage from pumping into your house during a flood. Your floor drains should also have float plugs that will close the drain and prevent backflow.

Leaky Roof

Check your roof regularly for leaks, and be aware that not all leaks will be visible. If your roof is old or has storm damage, it is more susceptible to leakage. Even minor leaks can cause major problems, so the keys are early detection and immediate repair. Leaky roofs lead to cracks and stains in the walls and ceiling and cause your paint to peel. If the leak damages your attic insulation, you will see increases in your heating and cooling bills- a possible sign that you have a problem. Damaged rafters will cause your roof to sag and potentially collapse.

Appliances

The third main source of water damage is leaky household appliances. Check your dishwasher for leaks at the door gasket and the hot water inlet line. Make sure the drain lines remain unobstructed and that the float switch does not fail. If you see discoloration of the floor or cabinets near your dishwasher, act immediately to find and repair the leak. Washing machines frequently need new water hoses, especially if they rock a lot while running. Good practice is to replace the hoses every five years, even if they seem fine. Also check around the water heater for stains and discoloration for a possible leak.

For Water Damage Restoration in Cimarron Hills

Prevention and early detection can help reduce your risk of water damage. Whatever you do, do not rest on your laurels. Call a professional at the first sign of trouble. If your home has been damaged by water, you need to start cleaning, repairing, and restoring immediately. Call DKI Buffalo Builders at (719) 578-8100 or visit us online to find out more about their mold removal and property restoration services.

Signs of Water Damage

Having identified the main culprits of water damage to your property, the next step is knowing how to identify potential problems. Here are some signs to watch for.

Walls & Ceiling

The first signs of water damage usually show up on the walls and ceiling in the form of water stains. The stains look like a puddle, a ring of brown or grey-brown. After a while, bumps will appear and the paint will dimple as the water vapor accumulates and tries to escape. If left unrepaired, the bumps will crack. Water stains, bumpy paint, and cracks are the three stages of water damage to look out for.

Flooring

Floors can also exhibit the same signs of water damage, depending on what kind of floor you have. Hardwood floors are easiest to spot problems, because the wood will warp and feel like a sponge. Carpets can warp as well, but the tell-tale sign is black, yellow, or brown stains.

For Water Damage Restoration in Cimarron Hills

If you believe your home has suffered water damage or mold, you will need professionals to handle the clean-up, repair, and restoration. At DKI Buffalo Builders, we specialize in these services. Take a look at our website to learn more. If you need us, we are on call 24 hours in case of water, fire, smoke, or other natural disaster damage to your property. Call 719-578-8100 immediately before it is too late.