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Simple Tips To Reduce the Chances of Water Damage in Your Tempe Home or Business

Water is a serious force that can rack up thousands of dollars in damage in a short amount of time. Unfortunately it also tends to strike unexpectedly in ways most people weren’t prepared for. Water damage can be caused from roof leaks, broken or leaking water supply lines, plumbing leaks, broken pipes, washing machines, dishwashers, sewage back ups, storm damage, air conditioner condenser pan leaks as well as several other ways. Water damage is something that should not be taken lightly. It is strongly recommended to contact a water damage restoration company as soon as any water damage is discovered. Water damage tends to spread over time so time is very critical. Although not all of these scenarios are easily predictable or preventable, here are a few tips that could help reduce the chances of experiencing water damage in your Tempe home or business.

Inspect your washing machine Tempe:

A washing machine has several ways it could deposit many gallons of water and detergent onto your laundry room floor. Luckily the most common causes are easily preventable with a few easy precautions. First check to make sure the hose clamp that holds the drain hose in place is tightly secured. Sometimes when pushing the washing machine into place if this hose is not securely in place, it can become dislodged if it comes into contact with anything. A loose connection could also create a slow leak that could go undetected for quite sometime. Another thing to look out for is to make sure the drain hose has been fastened into the drain in some way. If the drain hose is not held in place, the water pressure present when the washing machine is draining can sometimes blow the drain hose right out of the drain. At this point it will begin draining all water on the floor rather than in the drain like it was supposed to. A zip tie is a simple way to hold the hose in place preventing this from happening. All you need to do is attach it to one or both of the water supply lines to prevent the hose from being able to be lifted out of the drain hole easily.


Inspect your roof Tempe:

Another simple way to prevent water damage is to check your roof for roof damage. An easy way to do this is look for any shingles that appear out of place in comparison to the rest of the roof. Irregularities can often indicate damage. An attic inspection of the underside of your roof can also be an easy way to find water intrusion. Another thing that is very important to consider is the age of your roof. Anytime a strong storm blows through, giving your roof a visual check is a smart idea as well. Storm damage is a very common way for roofs to become damaged. If your roof is starting to get to that point of surpassing its prime, water damage might not be very far out if not handled before its too late. With any type of roof damage, it is critical to have the damage resolved before water was a chance to make its way into the structure. If you are ever unsure of your roofs condition, getting it inspected could save you from further issues down the road.


Inspect your Air Conditioner Condenser Pan Tempe:

Air conditioner condenser pan leaks are a common way for water to reach areas it was never intended to be. Luckily this is also a very preventable leak with a few easy checks. Typical leaks are caused by rusted pans, damaged pans and plugged drains. If anyone of these scenarios happens, water now has the potential to begin leaking in your attic. To check go inside your attic and locate your air conditioner condenser pan. Visually inspect to make sure that it is not rusted or deformed. If everything checks out there locate the drain in the pan. Make sure it is free of debris and there is nothing preventing water from draining correctly. If any of these situations are discovered, it is strongly recommended to address the situation before water damage occurs.


Inspect your water supply lines Tempe:

Each appliance, sink and toilet will be supplied water through water supply lines. It is not uncommon for these to leak or burst if all of the wrong conditions are met. One simple way to reduce the chances of this happening is to give your supply lines a visual inspecting periodically. Look for visual damage, leaks and overall condition of the supply lines. If ever in doubt replacing them is cheap insurance compared to what could happen if they were to burst. One place to pay special attention to is the supply line on your refrigerator. This is typically made out of plastic and it is much easier to damage than typical metal supply lines. These can also become brittle over time which amplifies the chance of water damage becoming a real danger.


Although these scenarios can sometimes be prevented through regular maintenance as well as visual checks, that is not the case fro many other common causes for water damage. Anytime water damage is discovered, it is strongly recommended to contact a water restoration company as soon as possible. Water damage restoration is not something we would recommend attempting to handle without the correct equipment and experience. Time is very important to prevent the spread of water damage as well as reduce the chance of mold growth. Don’t wait, contact a water restoration expert now.

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