The old sayings are the best: prevention is better than cure. When it comes to water damage, simple precautions can be made to sidestep disaster. Water damage repairs can be stressful and costly. Here are some straightforward measures to prevent water damage:
1. Make sure everyone in your household knows how and where to turn off your water supply. If a leak is located and cut off early there may be no need for repairs. In most properties the stopcock/ stop tap can usually be found in the kitchen under the sink, but it can be anywhere on the ground floor of your property. In some houses it is positioned in a front or back hall or in a larder beside the sink. One way of finding the stopcock is by locating the cold water feed under the sink and follow it along, hopefully it should lead to your stopcock.
2. Check your plumbing. Damage can occur gradually from small leaks are not easily apparent. Check all internal and external pipes, around toilets, under sinks. If you see any puddles or drips try and locate the source of the leak. It may just be a simple as a loose connection. Stopping even the smallest leak could save your home from needing drastic repairs.
3. Inspect your hot water cylinder. Look for leaks in the valve work. Are there wet patches? If you have an open vented hot water cylinder, is the water overflowing out of the vent?
4. Heavy rainfall can be enough to warrant drastic water damage repairs. Examine your roof and drainpipes. Clean your drainpipes of debris regularly, particularly in autumn. Are there any loose screws or tiles on your roof? Check flashings for cracks or gaps. If your ceiling incurs water damage, it can cause serious structural problems. Any minor problems should be intercepted as soon as possible with a professional water damage repairs company to avoid the need for full renovation.
Here’s another one of those old sayings: “a stitch in time saves nine.” By addressing any minor water damage issues immediately you can save your property from needing major repairs. However small the issue may seem, address it. Don’t beat about the bush, call in a professional and you could save a small fortune in repairs.