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At Lamunyon, we understand how overwhelming water damage restoration can be and that is why we offer complete water damage restoration services in and around Salina. Since we have the cleanup and restoration under control, we want to make sure that you know how to help prevent water damage from occurring in your home in the first place. From our water damage restoration experts, here are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of water damage:
Do a visual inspection in and around your home at least twice a year. You should pay special attention to areas that you do not go to very often, like crawl spaces, attics, garages, and under cabinets. Be sure to check rain gutters, rooftops and window wells also. These are all common places where water can pool and go undetected until the problem becomes severe. Be sure that these areas are clean and clear, show no signs of water damage, are free from buildup, and are not broken, cracked, damaged, or deteriorating. Make any needed repairs as quickly as possible and continue to periodically inspect these areas to be sure they stay clear of any signs of water damage.
Schedule and perform routine maintenance on all household appliances that use water. Dishwashers, washing machines, and hot water heaters are all common sources of water damage in homes, and, if left unchecked, can cause some serious damage. The hoses that provide water to and from these appliances should be checked regularly for signs of deterioration, leaks, and loose connections. Be sure that they are installed correctly and securely, and follow manufacturer’s guidelines for use and maintenance. If you notice leaking, corrosion, or machines are not functioning properly, discontinue use until they have been inspected and fixed to save yourself from serious water damage.
Monitor the water pressure going into your home. When water pressure is too high, it puts unnecessary strain on pipes. Pipes will eventually burst or spring leaks under too much pressure, resulting in water damage to your home. A water pressure gauge can be easily installed to an outside faucet on your home to give you a water pressure reading. If your water pressure is above 100 psi, you need to install a water pressure regulator. Regulators can be found and purchased from most local hardware stores, and come with easy to follow installation instructions. Regulators will help ensure that the pressure going into your home stays within normal limits, keeping your pipes from straining under unnecessary pressure.
Know the location of your water main. If you find yourself in a situation where water is flooding or overflowing into your home, you need to know where your water main is and how to shut it off. This can help prevent gallons and gallons of water from entering and damaging your home.
Pay attention to your water bill. If your usage spikes from one month to the next with no explanation known to you, it may be due to a water leak somewhere. If you cannot find the source, cause, or explanation to a sudden rise in your water usage, review your visual checklist and call in the water damage restoration professionals.