Water damage can be one of the costliest damages you can experience at your Hopewell Junction home. Here are some ways to avoid it.
Water damage is more than must an annoyance to deal with, it can have a long-term impact on your home such as structural issues and potential mold growth. Mold is one of the most common side effects of water damage as it can start to grow and flourish in as little as 48 hours without quick mitigation.
When strategizing ways to protect your home against water damage, it might be easier if you break it down by areas or rooms of impact. These areas could include basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.
In the basement, look at resealing vulnerable areas, protecting vulnerable pipes, making sure water drains away from your home, installing a backwater valve and look into installing a sump pump if water collection is common in your basement.
Your kitchen and bathrooms can experience water damage due to plumbing issues like faucet and pipe leaks as well as appliance failures. Be sure you:
- Inspect your appliances regularly, especially the hoses and faucets.
- Check to make sure there are no leaks in the seals or caulking around the shower, tub and toilets. Check under sinks and behind toilets or dripping or mold growth. If you find a leak, have it fixed right away by a professional.
- Know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home and show your family members too. This could be vital info in a larger scale water damage event.
- Don’t leave the house while the clothes washer or dishwasher is running. Being home can help minimize the damage rather than finding a flood in your home when you’ve been out for the day.
If you store contents or items in the basement, avoid cardboard boxes that might sit on the floor. They are known favorites for mold growth. Use waterproof bins to store items and keep items on shelves up off of the floor.
An outside issue can also become an inside issue. Ice Damming can occur in the winter months when snow collects on a sloped roof, ice and icicles can pack against the gutters and under shingles. If your attic is warm and loses heat through the roof, then that can cause the ice to melt and get behind the soffits and inside the walls of your home.
What To Do When You Find Water Damage
If your home does experience a water damage situation, and you act quickly to remedy it, chances are good that your furniture and belongings can be cleaned and dried out.
Get a professional to repair the source of the water problem, call your insurance company to file a claim and then call the certified experts at SERVPRO of Western Dutchess County, we’re here to help 24/7 and will get you back to preloss condition quickly and effectively. We’ve been the local go-to for water damage restoration in Dutchess County since 1992. Put our # in your phone for quick access (845)831-3600. Whether it be 9pm on a Friday or 3am on a Sunday, we’re here to help.