Every homeowner who’s been a victim of water damage can tell you the amount of stress and loss of valuables that comes in the aftermath. However, most cases of water damage can be avoided with quality routine maintenance from reliable contractors (like United Water Restoration Group, Inc.). It’s recommended to perform weekly checks on “water points”, as early detection can prevent a costly repair job.
Water leaks frequently happen in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. Check under the sink to see if the dishwasher’s hose connection to the water supply line is secured and around the base for leaks. Keep an eye out for discolored / warped / soft flooring materials and/or damaged cabinets. If your refrigerator has an icemaker, check the hose connection to ensure that it’s properly attached to the water supply line. The wet spot near the refrigerator may signify a damaged icemaker line about to burst. Sinks require “re-caulking” at times; slow-draining pipes indicate blockage. Check the pipes under the sink for signs of water leaks.
Check the area around the shower and bathtub, as discoloration or soft areas around floors and walls can be signs of water damage. Check caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or bathtub. If you notice cracks or mold, remove the old sealant and apply a new strip. If the shower walls or floor are tiled, a leak may occur with present cracks or missing areas of grout. Anything from too much toilet paper to large objects can clog a toilet’s plumbing system. Check the connected pipes for leaks, as some chlorine tablet cleaners may corrode parts of the internal components.
Regularly check washing machine hoses for wetness and signs of bulging or fraying. Replacing your washing machine hoses is as easy as hooking up a hose to a water spigot. Either shut off the water supply to your washing machine or close the main shutoff valve in your house. Make sure to have at least four inches between the water connection and the back of the washing machine; the space helps reduce the risk that it will crack. Most water heaters last 10 to 15 years. Hot water heaters should be installed on the lowest level of the home and always next to a floor drain. If installed above or adjacent to finished spaces, it should be placed inside a drain pan with the drain pan piped to the floor drain.
At the start of the cooling season, have the A/C system serviced by a reliable contractor. Call United Water Restoration Group today for quality inspection and maintenance at 877-855-4145. Change the air filters on a regular basis.