Water Damage Prevention – Preventing Leaks

Water damage can be caused by several sources, for example, melting snow, rain, overflowing gutters, flooding, storm surges and even faulty appliances and pumps can flood your home or business premises. The damage can be caused for a short period of time or for a long period of time. The longer the period of damage, the more expensive the repair will be. Damage caused by water can destroy your possessions and may also require extensive cleaning, replacing of carpets, drywall and painting, or repair of electrical systems, heating systems, plumbing systems, etc. Water damage can also spread in case of an extended period of power outages.

Most common types of water damage caused by natural disasters include leaks in the roofs, clogged gutters, broken pipes, overflowing gutters, overflowing sewers, damaged water hoses, and burst pipes. Water damage can also be caused by human error such as spilling soda or grease on the floor, flooding the house with water in the laundry room, cooking without using a proper range, leaving water logged toilets, falling furniture, slipping and falling carpets, improper use of chemicals, failing septic tank or storm water run off. The most common natural disasters that cause water damage are floods, storms, earthquakes, landslides, and drought. Floods are the most damaging natural disasters as they can destroy houses and properties, and take years to recuperate from damages. Storm runoff and ground water can cause serious flooding. Natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and landslides can be prevented with an adequate water management system.

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To prevent water damage from a flood and to minimize the chances of leakages, you should always double check whether there are any leaks in your appliances and regularly maintain your appliances like water heaters, cookers, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets and heating systems. Regular maintenance helps to reduce the chances of breakages in appliances and pipes and minimize water damage to your properties. It is also recommended to replace worn out materials with new ones, and replace the old kitchen and bathroom sink with new ones which are resistant to wear and tear and easy to clean and maintain. Replace old and worn out plumbing fittings and replace worn-out and damaged pipes to prevent floods and water damage in your homes.