6 Simple Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northwest Cobb County
Water damage is expensive and inconvenient. SERVPRO of Northwest Cobb County, your local water damage expert, has seen this happen many times. If you take care of your property, it will help to prevent water damage and also minimize the cost. If your property floods, it's natural to feel stressed. However, you can help prevent damage and avoid the stress by following these easy maintenance suggestions.
1) Replace old caulk around your windows to avoid dampness and moisture.
We get a lot of inquiries for window caulk related water damage repair in Acworth, Georgia and in nearby areas. Caulking your windows not only prevents water leaks, but it also helps to improve your air conditioner's efficiency while keeping the outside air out of your home. It's a simple operation that any homeowner can complete. Caulking should last roughly five years before needing to be replaced, depending on the type; nevertheless, you should inspect your caulking yearly and replace it if it begins to fracture or come away from the glass.
Exterior door flashings should also be inspected to see whether there are any holes or rust that would allow water in. You can also help prevent early door flashing failure by properly caulking them.
2) Check your water heater for leaks to keep it from flooding and causing water damage.
Water heater failures are all too common when it comes to our emergency water cleanup services. Maintaining your house on a regular basis may help you avoid a major water heater flood. To prevent the formation of pressure, which might lead to a leak, make sure the water heater's thermostat is set to regulate temperature precisely.
Water heaters frequently develop rust or silt inside, resulting in a peculiar taste or odor in the water. If your water begins to make unusual noises, it's probably time for an inspection or a new water heater.
3) Replace any leaking or worn water hoses or connections immediately.
Look for any holes, kinks, fraying, deterioration, or corrosion on your plumbing's hoses and connections. If you detect any damage, get it fixed right away. Most manufacturers and plumbers recommend changing water hoses and connections every three to five years in order to prevent unexpected water damage issues.
(5) Check the roof and gutters for debris and that your attic is free of moisture damage.
The roofing material on your home may deteriorate if rainwater is not draining properly. This can allow water to seep into your house.
Look for dampness around vents, valleys, chimneys, pipes, and skylights. Anyplace on your roof with holes or connections is a potential source of leaks later on. If the flashing deteriorates as a result of weather, rusting, or losing its seal, water may flow into your home.
Examine the interior of your attic for moisture or mold growth. If you find damp, damaged, or moldy insulation, rotten or discolored boards or ceiling panels, or sheetrock puckering, you may have a leak on your hands.
(6) Clean and inspect the HVAC condensation lines to look for any leaks or clogs.
If your HVAC condensation lines become clogged, water leaks out and damages the surrounding areas of your home. Every month, check your condensation lines to ensure they're free of debris.
Pour one-half cup of plain, white vinegar down the condensate drain once to four times a year to clean out blockages and grime. Bleach should not be used since it can damage your metal drain pan and cause it to deteriorate. Our SERVPRO experts can help you with any water damage cleanup if you notice an accumulation of debris or mold.
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