How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx
One of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience is water damage. Anything from a burst pipe to a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage are just some of the countless ways water damage could strike your home.
There are plenty of ways you can protect your home from this common issue homeowners deal with that can be especially trying. Let’s take a look at some.
<h4to-start">Where to Start
Not only is dealing with the water damage a hassle, but it can also impact your home down the road if not dealt with properly at the onset. Mold is a difficult and common side effect of water damage, as mold begins to grow within 24–48 hours of exposure to moisture.
When you begin to think about ways to protect your home, think of it in terms of different areas of impact, such as the basement kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.
Water can seep in to basements, so to prevent this, reseal any of the vulnerable areas of the basement, make sure water drains away from your home’s foundation and install a backwater valve.
Plumbing issues and appliance failures are the main cause of water damage in your kitchen and bathroom.
Make sure to regularly:
- Inspect all appliances for issues with hoses and faucets
- Check seals and caulking around showers and tubs, ensuring they are watertight
- Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home
- Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running
The possessions inside your home may not be salvageable, but there are things you can do to decrease the amount of damage and loss. Using waterproof bins to store items is a safe protection against water damage, as is keeping items stored on shelving off of the floor, especially when using a basement or garage for storage.
<h4from-water-damage">Recovering From Water Damage
Should you have to deal with water damage in your home, you may stand a good chance at salvaging items if you can get them dried out within 48 hours.
You’ll need to contact your insurance company immediately, evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home and identify the type of water that is involved.
The three types of water are:
“Clean” water, which can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.
“Gray” water, which is slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.
“Black” water, which can cause serious health problems and is water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc.
Following a water damage disaster, you will need to get your home dried out, dehumidify the area, remove wet objects and disinfect remaining materials.
Pro tip: Freeze your wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to prevent mold and mildew from developing and causing more damaging deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.
It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of Northeast Bronx, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."