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Preventing Home Water Damage

Water damage is a sneaky issue that homeowners often don't notice until it's too late. ServiceMaster offers water damage restoration services in Florence, SC to help with serious damage, but the easiest way to address home water damage is to prevent it altogether.

Common causes of significant home water damage include:

  • Leaking roofs
  • Cracks in home foundation
  • Backed-up toilets and sinks
  • Leaky pipes and appliances (washing machines, ice makers, refrigerators, etc.) 
  • Rotted/warped windows.

While it's impossible to predict disaster, there are steps you can take to prevent it:

Know how to turn off the water to your home. 

Knowing how to turn off the water coming into your home can be the most valuable tool you have in preventing home water damage. Depending on the cause, issues such as bursting pipes and toilet/sink overflow can continue flowing unabated. Turning off your home's water supply can help you keep an unfortunate situation from becoming a disaster. 

Check your appliances regularly. 

Be sure to pull appliances out from the wall every month to check for any signs of leaking or water damage. Checking these devices regularly allows you to identify any leaks/water buildup before it causes serious damage. This tip is especially important for refrigerators, dishwashers, or washing machines. Also be sure to check appliance hoses and replace them as needed.

Have your roof inspected yearly.

A little bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way. While you may not feel like investing in an inspection, leaky roofs can cause a great deal of damage if left unaddressed. Your inspector will identify any roofing material deterioration as well as the presence of any existing water damage issues.

Pay attention when cleaning your home, dishes, and clothes.

While this may sound like a common sense tip, many water damage issues can be prevented by simply keeping an eye (or ear) out for irregularities. When you're cleaning your home, be sure to look for unexplained damp or wet spots in your walls, floors, showers, sinks, and toilets. Be sure to only run your dishwasher/clothes washer while you are home-- a burst pipe while you're away could spell disaster.

While you can never totally prevent disaster, knowing the warning signs and what to check for can help mitigate it. Remember-- if you find yourself in need of water damage restoration services in Florence, SC, ServicMaster is just a phone call away.

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