Recent Water Damage Posts
How to Have a Worry-Free Vacation
We think about shutting off water lines in the winter to avoid freezing pipes when we are away but we don't think about doing the same in the summer when we go away, but we should.
Many people don't think about it but pipes leak and break all the time in the summer.
If you are going away, you might want to shut off the main water valve. It won't affect your water sprinkler system outside if that may be of a concern.
Instead of thousands of gallons of water spilling in your home you might only get a few gallons. To be even safer, drain the lines before you go. Open the faucet in the bathroom after you have shut off the valves and drain the water out of the pipes and flush the toilet.
The last thing you want is to come home from a relaxing vacation to have water in your house.
Turn the air conditioner up but not off. You want to have air circulating because the heat can affect doors and flooring and you don't want it to have time to collect condensation.
Unplug your electronics. If they are connected to a surge protector just turn that off. You will save money while your away.
Put your lights on a timer to make the house less appealing for robbers.
And most importantly, have a great vacation and a great "welcome home" from your house!
Non-Weather Related Water
If you are like a lot of people you might think of water damage to your home being caused by weather; maybe a hurricane or heavy rains.
In reality most water damage comes for non-weather conditions. This might mean a plumbing issue such as pipes, drains and valves failing. It could also be many times from an appliance. This is something that most people don't think about.
Appliances do not always offer warning signs until the damage has already occurred. That is why it is important to check them regularly.
First, know where the main water supply is located in case of emergency.
If you will be away from home for an extended period, shut off the water supply and drain the pipes.
Exceptions might be if your home is heated with steam system or your fire sprinkler system so consult with a professional if you can turn this supply off when leaving.
Consider having your air conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged.
Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and dishwashers annually, and have them repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in areas with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, the hose between the wall and the refrigerator should be made of braided copper.
Check pipes for cracks and leaks. Have pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
Check appliance hoses and plumbing fittings for breakage, crimping or bending.
You can't always prevent water damage from happening in your home but many times prevention is your best friend in avoiding water damage from happening.
Are you Prepared for Water Damage?
When we think of water damage to our business or home, many owners think of water damage happening from mother nature. Rain and flooding to which they have little control. So why worry about what they can't control right? The fact is that they are more likely to have water damage from things they can try to control or at least prevent.
For example, the roof is one of the most common places to cause water damage. Owners should make sure the roof is checked regularly. One inch of rain weighs about 5 pounds. This can cause a lot of strain on a roof and can lead to leaking.
Pipes and drains seem like they would be checked but most aren't checked regularly. A crack as small as an eight of an inch can dump 250 gallons of water per day.
Sprinklers are great if you have a fire but not so great if it malfunctions. Sprinklers should be checked for updates but also signs of rust or damage.
Appliances should be checked regularly; water heaters, air conditioners, etc. can cause a lot of water damage if things break on them.
We can't stop all water damage but we can try to do as much preventative care as we can. SERVPRO of Washington County is here to help when the unexpected happens. Give us a call at (301) 797-0677. We are there for your business 24/7.
Don't Let Water Wait
When a disaster occurs in your home or business, it typically comes and goes. Fires burn and then they die out, wind blows through your neighborhood and then disappears, but water works a little differently than other types of damage. Water stays, and in many cases it continues to get worse and worse.
If you find an area in your flooring, walls, ceiling, appliances, etc. that is affected by water damage, it must be coming from some source. If that water is not removed and the source fixed, then the damage caused by that water will only grow. The longer you wait to mitigate the problem, the more of a problem it will become!
Water damage can also come in many forms such as rotting wood, rusting metal, or even something as simple as mold or mildew. Sometimes it can be very hard to spot, but if you think you’ve spotted the beginnings of a water issue in your space, give us a call for an inspection so we can help you as soon as possible! We are here for you no matter how big the disaster may be.