Water is one of the most impressive elements on the planet. Over seventy percent of the Earth is covered in water and a large wave of water has the capability to level cities and destroy towns. Every year we see massive flooding in areas where the snow has melted back to water and doesn’t have enough places to go and we are often afraid of hurricanes and tsunamis that carry millions of gallons of water with them. Water is even damaging as it flows through the pipes in your home, especially if you don’t take the proper precautions.
Not only can water damage your home, but it can come from any of three areas and cause you to become ill if exposed to certain water that can back up in your home. There ae three categories of water that can damage your home; uncontaminated, grey and black. The uncontaminated water is that which comes out of your sink or tub and is clean. This water doesn’t pose a threat to your health, but can damage your home and cause you to need expensive repairs if it leaks inside the walls or under the floors of your home.
Grey water is discharge from a sump pump or dishwater and it could contain contaminants. With these bacteria in the water you could actually become ill from the exposure to this type of water. The worst of the three is black water which comes from sewer backups and floods which can carry a myriad of diseases and cause not only serious illness, but also death. While there isn’t much you can do to prevent a flood, there are several things you need to do to help prevent water damage in your home.
It’s important to make sure your plumbing continues to work properly inside your home and you can do a lot to make sure this happens. One item on your list is a regular check of your water lines and the seals on items such as the washing machine, water heater, dishwasher and ice maker. If you find any leakage at all the seal may need to be replaced, make sure you do so right away. Another item on the list, which many of us forget about, is draining the water heater. You should do this about once every six months to help avoid any sediment buildup that can occur inside the water heater.
When you keep your home heated properly and don’t allow your home to freeze over the winter at all you can help prevent your pipes from bursting, but you should also insulate all exposed pipes that may freeze from the elements to ensure none of them will burst even if they get cold. When you inspect your water lines you should also check your water shut off valves in all locations to make sure they are all working properly, including the main shut off for the entire house. If you have a sump pump, make sure it continues to work properly by testing it at least once a year so that it will spring to life and pump out the water when called upon to do so.
When you do see signs of water damage in your home or have free flowing water that isn’t contained you need to take some preventive measures immediately to minimize the damage to your home. The first step is to turn off the water supply to your home. The second step is to turn off the all the power; water and electricity don’t mix well at all. Next you want to move any furniture you have in the affected area away from it and then you should call a professional to assess the damage.
Water can be extremely damaging and wasted if you don’t handle a water leakage problem right away. A small crack in a pipe could release up to 250 gallons of water per day which is wasted and adds to your water bill. When you have a damp area mold can grow in this area within the first couple days which can cause you to become extremely sick.
Know how to prevent water damage to your home and also how to react when you have a water leakage that you can’t explain or control. Let the professionals fix any water leaks you have and help you prevent further water damage in the future. Taking the right precautions and acting quickly can minimize the overall damage to your home and help to isolate the problem.