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4 Causes of Water Damage To Your Home & How to Prevent It
Water damage, at best, is an expensive annoyance, and at worst, can compromise the structural integrity of a home. The most obvious types of water damage come from incidences like a flooded basement, but more covert water damage, like a discolored ceiling, could be hiding something just as serious. Here are a few warning signs to look for and preventative measures to take to protect a home from water damage.
1. Test Your Sump Pump
A sump pump drains water that has collected in a basin that would have otherwise ended up in the house’s basement. This water typically comes from rainfall but can also come from other sources like the condensation created by an air conditioner. If the sump pump is not working, the water will accumulate and overflow, causing flooding. It is better to test out a sump pump before the rain starts rather than find out there is something wrong after the basement floor has already gotten soaked.
To test your sump pump, go to the basement and pour some water into the basin. The basin contains a floater, much like in a toilet, that measures how much water there is in the basin and when the water gets to a certain height, the water will start to drain. Finish pouring the water to the point where the floater will react and wait. If the water begins to drain than the sump pump is working fine, if not, there might be something clogged.
Problems That Can Happen
If the sump pump did drain than it is time to go outside and see if the external drainage system is clogged or damaged. There should be an outside pipe that drains from the pump and leads water away from the house. Take a look inside the pipe if you can, and see if it is clogged. There might be debris from the street such as leaves, newspapers, or sticks blocking the drain. If there is something in it, remove it and see if the water from the pump drains. However, if it doesn’t, there might be a more serious problem.
If there are no physical issues seen with the pump, and the water still won’t drain even with the debris removed, it is time to call the experts. A plumber can identify the problem with the pump and fix it before the rain comes.
2. Check for Pipe Leaks
A leaky pipe can cause serious damage to a house, but it’s also one of the hardest issues to identify as a house’s plumbing system is located mostly within the walls. To check for a leak, the first step is to see if the house has a leak indicator on its water meter. If it does, simply stop using water for about half an hour and then go back to check the indicator. Leak indicators all have different methods of indicating a leak, for example, some have a triangle system that points to a different color if it detects a leak. Finding out how to read a leak indicator can usually be done with a simple google search of the specific model.
The trouble comes if a house does not have a leak indicator. The best thing to do if a house does not have one is to be vigilant and about changes in water pressure. If there is a consistent drop in water pressure, it is better to be safe than sorry and call a plumber. They can check for leaks using gauges and can identify the problem quickly. It is better to have this issue fixed before there is a water damage in the ceiling or walls, as behind the discoloration there could also be dangerous mold.
3. Keep your Roof Updated
The part of a house that gets the most abuse from the rain is the roof. Over time it will wear down and let water seep in through weakened shingles. If it has been a long time since a house’s roof has been repaired or replaced, it is a good idea to look into getting it updated.
To check if water has already gotten through the roof and is damaging the inside of the house, check the ceiling in the attic. You can also check the upper floor for discoloration. It is unfortunate that when water has already entered the house, it is often too late. Also it may be hard to get out the water, but it is important to call a plumber as soon as possible to stop the situation from getting worse.
It will save money in the long run. Check out this great article on how to find and fix leaking roofs.
If you encounter any of these issues, call the professionals at Total Care Restoration in Miami, for 24-hour emergency services.
4. AC Leaks Can Cause Water Damage
Also make sure you change your filter and service your AC. One of the most common causes of water damage is AC leaks. These leaks can be avoided by servicing your AC regularly.
Here are a few steps that will help:
- Shut Off The Power.
- Remove Debris.
- Clean The Fins.
- Straighten The Fins.
- Clean Area Around The Unit.
- Level the Unit.
- Clean the Evaporator Coil.
Ready this DIY article for more information on how to service your AC.
In addition, most people notice AC leaks when the damage is already done.Many times mold may already be forming, so you will have to do a mold test. If your mold test is positive, you may need a mold remediation.
There are many causes of water damage to your home, so be careful and inspect your home regularly.
If you have any water damage in Miami contact us, and we can give you a free estimate. We service all of Miami and Broward for residential and commercial properties. Some of your water damage repairs may be covered by your home owners insurance.