It’s an ugly beast capable of growing from a minor puddle to a major catastrophe. While water is pooling unbeknown-st to you, it is also causing damage. While ignorance may be bliss, when it comes to hidden water damage, ignorance can be financially and emotionally devastating! Avoid damage today by…
Inspecting your home.
Since hidden water damage can quickly make itself known by becoming progressively worse and spawning mold growth, it’s wise to seek it out before it has a chance to become a problem. Go through your house, basement, garage, and other structures specifically seeking out the H2O damage, moisture, and mold. Keep your eye out for water leaks and drips, sniff for musty odors, and listen for sounds of running or dripping water.
Repairing those leaks.
If you find any issues, immediately repair them. A small investment now could save you thousands of dollars later. Depending on the nature of the problem, you may be able to solve the problem on your own. A quick trip to the hardware supply store and a little elbow grease may be all that’s needed. Even if you need to hire a plumber, fixing a pipe before it bursts is much less expensive and far less damaging than waiting for the pipe to spew gallon after gallon of water into your home.
Locating your water shut-off valves.
Do you know how to shut of the water should something go wrong? Can you do it quickly? Just as you should hold fire drills, so should you hold water damage drills! Learn where your water valves are located as well as how to shut them off. If a pipe does burst, the sooner you can shut off the water, the less water will flow into your home.
Stocking your home with super absorbent supplies.
What if water does overflow into your home? Do you have sufficient supplies on hand to mop it up quickly? A standard kitchen mop may be fine for small spills but could be woefully inadequate for larger overflows. Invest in super absorbent sponges and towels and keep them in an accessible place. Should water make an unexpected appearance, you will be equipped to quickly contain it.
Thus, limiting its potential for causing widespread damage.
Finding a reputable cleanup company before an emergency arises. Do your research now rather than in the middle of a crisis. By calling water damage companies before you have an emergency on your hands, you will be able to select responsive companies that meet your criteria. If you wait until water is flowing through your home, you’ll waste valuable time calling around – and you might not be able to find a company that you’re comfortable with. Once you’ve found a company you trust, post the water damage company’s 24-hour phone number by your telephone. After all, you may need to call in the middle of the night.
These five simple steps are easy to do right now. Not only are they easy, they can limit future water damage, saving you money and grief.