There are so many instances where preventing water damage can be out of your control- like with local flooding or spontaneous appliance malfunctions, for example. There are ways, however, that you can reduce your chances of experiencing water damage within your home or business. It is important to never leave water or water appliances running when no one is home. There are also some other good practices to take into account that can prevent water damage altogether or notify you that there may be a problem happening in areas you are unable to see regularly.
Using your exhaust fans when cooking and boiling water in the kitchen or showering and running hot water in the bathroom can save you from getting water damage over time. The steam and vapor that is created from the hot water rises and can build up on cabinets, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces and fixtures in your home or kitchen. Though this may not seem like a big deal, this can cause your belongings to slowly experience water damage over time.
Maintain A Healthy Humidity Level
The importance of humidity is often overlooked. Since the moisture in the air can’t be seen and often does not cause symptoms we may associate with high humidity, it is easy to forget about. Humidity plays a big role in the overall comfort and protection of your home, as well as your wellbeing. If your humidity levels are too high, it can easily cause water damage to your property and even create an ideal environment for mold growth and bacteria. It is recommended that you maintain a humidity level between thirty percent and fifty percent. If your humidity is too high you might consider improving the circulation in your home with fans, your AC unit, or even a dehumidifier.
Check Routinely For Leaks
If your faucet or shower is leaking it wouldn’t take you too long to notice since you use those appliances regularly. There may be leaks occurring under your sink or behind your washing machine that you may be able to prevent from worsening. It is recommended that you check the plumbing and pipes you can see but are not always visible on a regular basis such as monthly or quarterly.
Clean Any Standing Water Promptly
Not only can standing water create opportunities for injury, but it can cause water damage to your floors or surfaces as well. Clean any puddles of standing water as soon as you can to mitigate the damage. If you notice that there is a puddle of water that always shows up in the same spot unexplainably, there may be a leak that is causing it.
Pay Attention To Your Water Pressure And Water Bills
If your water pressure changes for no particular reason, it may be a sign that you have a leak. If you notice that your water pressure feels weaker than usual it may benefit you to have your plumbing checked by a professional. Leaks in your plumbing can also result in higher than normal water bills.
These actions take very little effort, but can make a world of difference when it comes to preventing water damage indoors. If you have experienced water damage and are in need of water damage restoration, contact APR Restoration right away. Our trusted team of experts offers 24/7 emergency services so you can count on us in your time of need.