Water damage prevention isn’t complicated. However, there are a few simple things every homeowner should know that will help them prevent water damage.
Here are a few facts our water damage restoration professionals at Restoration 1 of Des Moines recommend everyone should know.
If you are around when a pipe breaks or some other flood starts in your home, your first step should be to shut off your water as soon as possible. Doing this without delay can turn what might have been a major water damage disaster into a minor annoyance. Although, this only works if you know where your water main shut-off is and how to operate it. These shut-off valves can be located just about anywhere so the last thing you want to do is lose precious time looking for your shut-off valves while your home is flooding.
Your appliances make up a large portion of the existing water damage threats in your home. Washing machines, refrigerators, water heaters, AC units, and dishwashers, to name a few all rely on large amounts of water to function. Even small malfunctions in any one of these appliances can lead to serious water damage issues in your home.
The best thing you can do to prevent this kind of damage from occurring is by having at least a basic understanding of how these appliances work and which types of issues are likely to lead to water damage. With washing machines, the water supply cord is the most likely to cause issues. With refrigerators, a malfunctioning ice maker can cause problems. Water heaters need to be replaced per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Condensation from AC units can cause water damage when it doesn’t drain properly. Finally, the water supply cord to your dishwasher must be replaced regularly. There is still a lot more to know about these appliances that will help you prevent them from causing water damage, but this information is a good start!
At the end of the day, there is only so much you can do to deal with water damage on your own. Water damage restoration is a messy, dangerous, complicated job that should not be taken lightly. Moreover, simply removing the standing floodwater and moisture from the home can take a great deal of effort and resources — likely more than you have at your disposal. Thus, it is critical that you contact a water damage restoration company for help as soon as possible after a water damage event. This is the best way to ensure that your home receives the thorough, efficient care it needs to save you money in repair costs and prevent future water damage problems from cropping up.
When considering who to call, we hope you consider us and our team of restoration experts at Restoration 1 of Des Moines. We are dedicated to providing swift, high-quality service to all of our clients.