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The 5-Point Checklist For Preventing Indoor Water Damage

Water Damage is a serious problem here in the Northwest. With all the wind and rain fall brings our homes really take a beating! It can be easy to forget how water can damage the inside of our homes as well. The appliances we use every day can cause serious problems, often costing thousands to repair.

Here’s a simple list of ways to prevent costly damage. And if you do find yourself in need of repairs or restoration give us a call. We are water damage experts and here 24/7 to assist you!

1. Inspect pipes, hoses, and faucets.

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Each year, it’s vitally important to go out and check all of the hoses that lead to appliances such as water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice-makers. Make sure you thoroughly check those hoses and faucets for cracks and leaks, which could result in water getting into places it shouldn’t be. If you find any cracks or leaks, patch them up. Don’t forget that pipes as a whole should be replaced in your home every five to seven years.

2. Inspect showers and tubs.

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Along with the hoses and faucets, you’ll also want to do a thorough inspection of all your showers and dubs. What you’re looking for this time is all of the seals and caulking. Make sure they are watertight to make sure water isn’t getting into the interiors of your home and creating mold and rot in unseen areas.

3. The main water shut off valve.

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Every home has a main water shut off valve—and it’s really important for homeowners to know where it is. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home and you’re going to need to know what to do right away. By knowing where this valve is located and how to shut off the main water supply, you can save yourself a ton of time and money in the long run.

4. Install an emergency pressure release valve.

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In some places around the country, having an emergency pressure release valve is required. Even if it isn’t where you live, it’s a really good idea to have one installed to your plumbing system and water heater. This will protect against the increased pressure that can cause damage to your plumbing and fixtures. High water pressure can even cause cracks in the glass lining of your water heater!

5. Shut off water while on vacation.

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If you’re heading out of town this winter, there are a number of important things to consider while you’re away. The most important thing to do is to shut off the cold water supply to the washing machine. This will make sure that while you’re away frozen pipes won’t end up bursting. What’s more, it’s smart to never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running during the winter.

If you have water damage or mold in your home, get in touch with us anytime!

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