Water damage is unfortunately all too common in homes, apartments, and other places of residence. It happens because of unchecked plumbing, improper maintenance, or just sheer bad luck.
One cause of water damage is damaged pipes. In older homes or apartments, plumbing systems are more likely to clog drains and damage. Always be looking for cracks, water spots, and or bulges containing water. Doing this will help inform you of potential issues with plumbing before they start. If you live in an apartment building and it is safe to do so, talk to your neighbors above and beneath you to see if they have any issues. If the person below you is having issues, it may be from the plumbing in your unit.
Asking your neighbor upstairs to double check his or her plumbing, too, as that could prevent an accident with the plumbing in their unit and potentially ruining your apartment. Talk to your neighbors about looking out for any signs of excessive moisture, too. If you see any potential water damage, call an expert plumber or cleaner to take care of it.
In Long Island, New York, the winters are brutal. Ensuring your pipes are properly insulated before the winter can help to take care of any potential issues with pipes breaking during those harsh months. Not only could water start to spill out, but the pipes could also freeze and create more problems for you.
An example of outside water damage can come from natural disasters. Natural disasters can include heavy rain that leads to flooding, hurricanes and snowstorms. These three examples can potentially each bring large amounts of unwanted water into your place of residence and cause water damage. Because natural disasters can bring in devastating amounts of water at a time, water damage of some form is almost certain. This is due to the long nature of ensuring everything is cleaned and dried properly. At the end of this process, it is highly likely that water damage has either happened to any personal items or the home itself.
Clogged drains in the bathroom and sink can also cause water damage. If left unchecked, various things such as oils, dirt, hair, and grease can build up in your pipes. The breaking down of pipes is fairly common and this can result in damage to the structure of your apartment or home. If drains that become clogged do not get fixed, then it can cause other problems in your home. For example, toilets that are clogged could potentially back up into your kitchen sink. This can produce water damage and foul odor than can spread throughout your home.
An individual fixing the problem at the source is the best solution. If you are a homeowner, you can call a professional to take a look at the issue and fix it. If you live in an apartment, you can call the maintenance worker and or the office and they can schedule it to be fixed for you.
If the problem seems minor for the home or the apartment, you can try some basic home prevention steps. For example, try to run your dishwasher with vinegar once a month. This will help break down anything that has built up in the drain.
Another way to help prevent water damage to help is put in small screens on tope your drain to ensure things are caught up before going down the drain. Over time, this will decrease the likelihood of having clogged drains and the potential water damage associated with it.
Water damage, believe it or not, can cause structural damage to your home. Water dripping through your foundation and any crawl spaces you have can cause decay and mold to grow. Preventing moisture from entering your home has to be a top priority to ensure water damage does not take place. Floors can pop up and walls can begin to cave in because there is a lack of support.
The weight of the walls cannot be held up properly if there is a lot of water damage present.
Water damage can happen at any place at any given time. It can also happen to anyone. The predictability of water damage is always hard to gauge. You just never know when it will happen until it does. Thankfully, there are minor steps that can be done to ensure potential water damage does not happen to you. Getting common household appliances inspected regularly and making sure to inspect your pipes often is vital. There are steps that can be done outside the house, like trimming up trees and bushes to keep unwanted water away. Small steps can be taken every day to help beep water damage away. Want to find out more? Then reach out to us at Superior Home Restoration today!