Water damage is something no one wants to deal with, large or small. It can reek havoc on your home or business, and the cleanup required afterward can be both time consuming and very expensive, especially in cases where large areas are effected, or there is damage that later results in mold. When water damage occurs, it not only compromises part, if not all, of the structure of the dwelling, but the furnishings, appliances, collectibles and a number of other things.
Sometimes water damage can not be prevented, as in a storm or flood; mother nature can be devastatingly powerful and knows no boundaries. We can only come in afterward, assess the damage and begin restoration. However, there are many instances where water damage can be prevented or greatly reduced with a very small investment of time and/or money.
Many times water damage comes from leaky or busted water pipes in a bathroom or kitchen. In the bathroom there are a few simple things you can do to possibly prevent future problems. For one thing, if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one. The steam and humidity that results from your baths and showers provide a perfect environment for mold to grow; exhaust fans will control this. Also, watch for stains or spots forming on the walls that could indicate leaking pipes behind the sheet rock or other wall coverings. You might want to repair any grout or chalking around your tub, shower, or toilet that is beginning to get loose, especially if you are noticing small puddles of water around the areas. Though you can not see below the tiles, the moisture could be causing damage to the wood flooring beneath. If this is happening, it could also be a breeding ground for wood damaging insects. One other thing you definitely need to do is check your pipes located under the counters of not only the bathroom, but kitchen as well. Since you have to get down on your knees and move items out of the way stored in front of, or around them, you don’t know there is a problem until it is too late. If you see the fittings, or the pipes themselves are getting rusty and worn, you should replace them.
On the outside of the structure, check for cracks in the foundation, walls and roof. When it rains, these are places for water to seep through, and over time the crack gets larger, more water seeps in, and you have a huge and costly problem. Also, if you have gutters, be sure to keep them clean and repaired. Many times water damage will occur because of overflow from blocked gutters.
By checking the areas mentioned periodically, and making any necessary repairs, you could be preventing major water damage to your home. All the suggestions in this article on water damage and how to prevent it, take only a small amount of time and money to accomplish, so why take the chance?