Water damage claims are on the rise in the United States. Sadly, most of these claims do not stem from your average storm; instead, they come from pipes and appliances inside the home. Once a pipe bursts, it could cause extensive damage to ceilings, walls, and carpeting; therefore, knowing how to prevent this from happening is your first line of defense.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home
The two common reasons professionals are hired to repair water damaged ceilings and floors is leaking pipes and appliances. Here is a quick look at how you can proactively prevent water damage from occurring:
- Inspect Pipes: One quick and easy way to avoid leaks is to inspect under sinks every few months with a flashlight and look for signs of rust, water damage and mold. Also, look for discoloration or swelling around the shower or bathtub, indicating you may have a water leak.
- Replace Hoses in Washers – Dishwashers and the washing machines rely on a rubber hose to drain, and that drain line needs to be replaced at least once every three years.
- Maintain Your Water Heater – If your water heater is more than ten years old, consider replacing it before the bottom rusts out and causes a leak. Drain and flush the water heater once a year to prevent sediment from causing cracks and leaks at the base, and have it inspected at least once every five years.
- Know the Water Shutoff – Do you know where the main water shutoff is located inside your home? Make sure everyone at home knows where this is and how to turn off the water. That way if you have a leak, it can be stopped
Bring in Professionals for Repairing Water Damaged Plaster Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
Even with proper care, an appliance or pipe may break and cause significant damage to your home. Luckily, you can call in the team from National Restoration Experts to help repair damaged plaster, remediate mold and get your home back in order.
Call us at 1-800-556-3472, or fill out our online contact form for more information about our water restoration services.