How You Can Prevent Water Damage
Water damage in your home may be more common that you would expect. You may only think of flooding or other catastrophic storm situations when you think of water damage, but little everyday mishaps can cause big trouble. It is impossible to be fully prepared for every scenario, but there are some small steps that you can take to prevent the stress that comes along with a water damage. First, know the most common culprits. Small water lines to appliances such as ice maker lines are at the top of the list. Often, your refrigerator is against a wall so you may not even realize there is a leak until the water has seeped through walls or flooring. Make sure to check lines to ice makers, washing machines and dishwashers regularly. These lines do have a life expectancy and may need to be changed out over the life of the appliance. As with appliances, leaky plumbing or HVAC pipes are also a leading cause of water damage in residential structures. Make sure to check these regularly yourself or by a professional, especially if you live in an older home. Also, be sure to shut off water when you leave for an extended period of time. A small water damage that occurs can quickly become a major disaster if it is left sitting in a vacant home. If you do experience a water damage in your home, you can rest assured that SERVPRO of Mobile Northwest is available 24/7 to help!