Owner of Superior Restoration Over 15 years experience in restoration

Tips on water damage prevention and maintenance

“The average American uses between 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, so it’s no wonder that some of it goes “astray” and leads to water damage situations.”

When you consider how much water the average person uses a day it’s not really that surprising to realise that water damage happens all the time. Having insurance that covers water damage is one of the best things you can have especially relevant area that is susceptible to it but insurance doesn’t cover everything. For those things that insurance doesn’t cover the best thing you can do to prevent the damage from happening in the first place.

Imagine you had to hold to 1 pound weights in your hands above your head for 24 hours day seven days a week. You are more than capable of holding those weights out for a great length of time and eventually your arms will tire and you’ll be forced to let the weight drop. That is what it is like for a hose or pipe that is constantly under water pressure. The pipe or hoses designed to withstand great pressure but eventually it will wear out and burst. The best thing you can do is relieve the pressure from time to time. If you know that you and your family event we waived for some time you may want to switch off water to the house. This will take the pressure off your pipes and will extend their working lifetime.

Another persistent source of leaks is often the toilet. Leaking toilet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water every day. Thankfully finding out whether you’re not you have a leak is very simple. For a few drops of food colouring in the tank of the toilet and spend about 15 minutes watching it. If by the end of that time the colouring is still there then you do not have a leak but if it’s gone then it’s time to call in a plumber.

In general terms the average water damage repair job takes about 45 days to complete. That’s a month and a half of inconvenience that could be avoided by regular maintenance on your part. These are professionals who will do the work as fast and as efficiently as possible but it will be unavoidably inconvenient. There are a few things you can do to limit or eliminate the potential damage to your home.

  • If you’re planning on leaving your home for any great length of time you should switch off the water at the main source to your home. This will prevent water leaks from happening while you’re away and are unable to deal with them. Even if only leaving for an hour you should switch off any running water such as a washing machine.
  • If you have rubber supply lines leading to your washing machine, dishwasher or other appliance you should consider replacing them with metal ones. The rubber lines distend, burst and we are out with age. Metal supply lines have a much longer life expectancy and are able to deal with much more pressure.

You should flush your water heater tank twice a year to prevent the harmful buildup of minerals inside of it. By flushing it twice a year you are much more likely to get the full life expectancy out of your appliance and to not wake up one day to find your house flooded by a broken water heater.

Time to protect your home or business from water damage

Natural disasters are by their very nature and not preventable. A certain level of preparation may be possible but in general the long-standing preparations you set in motion are what you have on hand during a natural disaster. Is your home or business prepared for a flood or fire? It’s not possible to prepare for everything but you can take certain steps to prepare not only yourself but also the building in which you live and work for what’s coming.

  • Fires can begin instantaneously and with little to no warning. You and your family should already have a dedicated fire escape plan so that were the worst to happen you would know exactly what to do. You should set up a place outside of your home or business to meet in case of a fire. You should make sure regularly that your smoke alarms are fully charged. You should of course tell everyone to crawl low to the ground when Exeter in a building filled with smoke. This will reduce the amount of smoke that they inhale.
  • Floods generally give you a bit of a warning before they appear and it’s during this grace period that you can prepare. Create a barrier between doors and windows leading into your house and the outside hopefully this will cause the water to run away from your. Shut off electricity to your home in case of a flood. This will reduce the chance of the water reaching the wires of your home and potentially electrocuting you.

The problem with water damage to your home is that its effects are wide ranging and long-lasting. Even a very little storm or flood can lead to wood rot, peeling paint, insect infestation, shorter lifespan of roofing and siding and an all-round increase in maintenance costs. There are some ways what damage can be prevented.

  • Check for leaks around your windows and doors, paying the most attention the areas near the corners. If the paint is peeling that could be a sign that water is getting into the wood. A discoloring of the paint or caulking around the windows and doors and the swelling of the window or doorframe could also be signs of water damage.
  • The pair all replace shingles on your roof especially ran areas were you know what is getting through. Leaks were most commonly found around plumbing vents, attic vents and chimneys. To find the source of the ceiling leak take the measuring tape and measure its location from the nearest outside wall and locate this point in the attic. Be aware that water may pool in the attic and move off in quite a different direction than where it’s coming in.
  • Take a walk around your home and look for any cracks or holes in the external walls, joints, and foundations. Based on the grading around your house you will be able to do pretty good idea of where water will fool around your house.

Look at all the visible plumbing throughout your house and check for leaking faucets and dripping or “sweating” pipes. Inspect washing machine hoses and pipes for cracks and bulges. It’s a good idea of to replace these pipes every few years. Also inspect your water heater for signs of rust and water on the floor.

The restoration of water damage is a process

Whether it be through natural disaster, the result of a fire, mistake or other accident water damage in your home or business takes a great deal of time and money to repair. Hopefully you have insurance and through your insurance you are able to get into contact with professional water Remediation Company that will come in and take the burden off your shoulders. The longer you wait to call in help more likely it is that the problem will have become worse. Water is naturally corrosive and left unattended to can cause major damage to your home or business.

It can lead to:

  • wood rotting
  • the deterioration of dry wall insulation and textiles
  • the growth of mildew molds and fungus
  • the breaking up of cement rocks asphalt and other substances used for your foundation
  • the growth of rust

Altogether this combines to be a very difficult problem to address. Professionals in water restoration had been educated in the various methods used to reclaim and replace the affected areas. There will also be knowledgeable and how to prevent this damage from occurring again.

There will be a time when you have to sit back and let the professionals do their inspection and wait for their results but the wait will be worth it. Instead of one large problem with no solutions you will be left with a list of what needs to be dealt with first and what can wait. Given time professional can get your home or business looking better than it did before.

What is water damage restoration, exactly? It is the rebuilding of an area of your house, business or other building to the state it was in before the damage occurred. It’s getting your house, business and life back in order after you’ve suffered water damage loss. Water damage restoration begins with a property inspection and determination of the extent of any foundation, wood frame, or wall damage.

The source of the water damage can be different in every case. While a failure in plumbing is the most likely culprit sometimes storms and rising floodwaters are to blame as well. Of all the things the storm can damage wood and sheet rock are the most susceptible materials to it. Warping and swelling of wood can happen quickly but over time the wood can start to rot from within. Water causes the sheet rock to deteriorate quickly as it falls away from its fastenings, joints and framing. The longer you leave it alone the longer and more expensive the restoration process will be.

When it comes to your personal property none of that is safe either. Your furniture, carpets, clothes and appliances are commonly affected. After a very short time of submersion furniture and carpets can start to take on a damp and mildew smell and if left unattended can start to grow mold.

Water damage can leave your home or business and your life devastated. Don’t hesitate to call in a quality water damage restoration company. In the end you will save time and money and you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your home or business will be brought back to its former condition.

Water Leak Prevention

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Home Water Damage Prevention Tips

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make with their home is failing to inspect and maintain their plumbing on a regular basis. Use this guide to ensure that your home stays water damage free.


Water Damage Facts “Scary Numbers”

  • Every year nearly 1 million families have their homes ruined and their lives overturned by water damage and the subsequent repairs.
  • Water damage accounts for approximately 23% of all home owner property damage in the US.
  • 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day.
  • 98% of all basements will experience some sort of water damage in their lifetime.

The Biggest Cause Of Water Damage

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.
  • On average that is approximately 10,000 gallons of water per year wasted by leaks for each US home. A tiny, 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.


Water Damage Costs To Homeowners

  • Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000.
  • Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
  • If an entire house is flooded with storm water, 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285.


Water Damage Prevention Tips

  • Have a plumber inspect and maintain your water heater on a regular basis.
  • Replace hoses on appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and icemakers at any sign of wear.
  • Get your toilet inspected regularly by a plumber.
  • Turn off water immediately when supply leaks occur.
  • Pay attention to your plumbing system – look for signs of wear, including noisy pipes, signs of moisture on walls or floors, or rust-stained water.

Work, Children and water Damage: The Tricky Trinity

Working at home has advantages and disadvantages. If you have children that means you can conveniently stay home with them and still make an income. The disadvantage could be that while taking care of your kids and keeping up with a deadline, you may miss very easily detectable signs of water damage.

if you miss the tall tale signs of damage don’t despair, a high quality water damage restoration company can you save the day.


Water on the bathroom floor isn’t always drips from freshly clean little hands traveling to a towel on the rack to get dry. It could be black water from the toilet that your child just blocked up by giving his or her toy a good wash down the toilet. The water on the floor is clear you say, well black water isn’t necessarily the color of the water. Black water is the overflow of water from the toilets, which is highly toxic and not safe for kids or adults. This water should only be handled with proper safety equipment.


If the black water was to travel from the bathroom to the next room and the room floor is carpeted, you’d need to take quick steps into quickly sterilizing the carpet. Water can get trapped under the carpet, causing mold to grow and a mildew smell can take place. If this happens, pleas call a water damage restoration company who can properly put your home and workspace back in order. You and your kids will be safe from hazardous mold by a simple phone call.

Water damage: prevention is key

The best way to deal with water damage is to not have to deal with that in the first place. What I mean by this? Water damages when things are already gone from bad to worse but what if they don’t have to? Does every water related issue have to devolve into a problem? Water damage is very difficult to deal with for the uninitiated but maintenance on the other is much easier to deal with.


Our lives are defined and enriched by so many items of technology if we had to sit down list of all we’d hardly get through the day. Many of these technologies utilise water in one form or another. The washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, sinks, toilets, hoses, pipes and other household items use water everyday sometimes multiple times a day. Washing machines for example use many gallons of water per washing cycle! When these devices malfunction that usually means that water is about to start spreading all over your house that that is not necessarily the case.


Using other technology you can be warned that water damage is taking place as it is happening. A water monitor attached to your washing machine can let you know of athlete and some models can shut off water to the house to prevent further damage. This is especially useful if you plan to take a long holiday. There is nothing worse than returning home after a holiday to realise that your home is flooded. When in doubt seek out a water damage restoration company to deal with water damage that has already happened. You should also call them ahead of time and asked what sort of maintenance should you be doing on your home to prevent your needing to call again.

Leaks and your landscape gardening: are they connected?


Oftentimes if your basement floods and you have recently had landscape gardening the two will be connected. Why is this? The soil around your house has compacted to a point that it is impervious to most flooding. Also the gradient around your home usually slopes slightly downwards and away from the house itself. This is to prevent water from building up around the house and the walls and the basement. If either the slope of the gradient or the soil are change without reference to water damage you will have a major problem on your hands in the future. The first huge flooding will find you wanting.


Another problem that can cause flooding in your house and is connected to landscape gardening is the installation or restoration of pipes in your garden. Most people know the pain and horror of digging in their garden and suddenly hearing a crunching noise from beneath and you realize that you have just got into a pipe and you have added hours onto your already busy schedule. When you fix that pipe if the leak persists it can make its way towards your home and cause untold damage.


One excellent way to do with this problem is to go outside with a hose and water around your house. While doing this take careful note of where the water gathers around your house. If it gathers too close to the house you may need to increase the slope away from the house but if it gathers far enough away you shouldn’t have to worry. One excellent way to deal with pooling water is to point a sort of garden that is filled with plants that absorb massive amounts of water in a single go. In any case when it comes to water damage and your home the more carefully you are less likely you’ll have to deal with future problems.


What to do with a saturated carpet


It’s horrible to be wandering through your house and the feel is squelching underneath your feet as you realize that your carpet is now soaked with water. Carpet that is saturated for any length of time can become a breeding ground for mildew and mold. What do you do? Well the first thing to do is not to panic. The second thing to do is to call a water damage restoration company but here are a few things you can do it yourself to mitigate the damage before they arrive.


  • The first thing you should always do is open up the windows if only to begin with. The more airflow you can get into the room the better. All items that have any contact with the carpet including beds, boxes and other things should be removed from the room.
  • You will need a vacuum that can suck up water and without pressing too hard, that will cause the water to spread further throughout the room, start to vacuum on the water. This may take several attempts.
  • If possible get several large box fans and set them in the four corners of the room blowing air from the room. This will help drive a carpet more rapidly.
  • If you have access to a dehumidifier that will help get rid of moisture even faster. You have to use both the fans and the dehumidifier over several days to be sure that you got rid of all the water. Eventually the carpet should become dry. Be aware though that without calling in a professional and without tearing up the carpet you can never be sure you got all the moisture just by doing these things.


Water damage equipment: a summary


Water damage can have any number of sources and the homeowner it can be extraordinarily difficult to deal with. If not attended to promptly stagnant water can lead to the development of mold and also caused many serious health issues water extraction is of course the removal of water from areas that have had damage is innate way both an art and skill. When considering the scope of your damage you may consider it a wise option to call in a water damage restoration company. They will deal with the entire situation themselves and the free you up to get on with what you need to do. There is some information about the processes used by water damage restoration companies to clean up your home or business.


Oftentimes the cleanup process for carpet involves hot water cleaning. This can involve steam cleaning and is very effective at moving dirt from within your carpet. The various equipment used to clean up your house depends mostly on the severity of the damage. Most professionals use tool known as a water claw. This tool is very effective at removing water from carpet and other services and is able to get it like spaces such as your closet and bathrooms. Another tool is called the Hydro X extreme extractor stop this to often uses less than three passes to fully remove the water of your carpet.


It is undeniable that when it comes to water damage you can only do so much stop without the proper equipment and the proper training you may in fact do more harm than good trying to fix it yourself. When you call in a water damage restoration company not only will they have all the tools they will also have the most current training in using them. This will allow them not only to do their job professionally and complete their works swiftly but also allow you to know that your home is in very good hands.


Washing machines and water damage: how to prevent it


One of the greatest potential sources of water damage in your home is a washing machine. Most people use them at least once a day sometimes more and when they stop working they can often start leaking. It’s recommended that you replace your washing machine every 5 to 7 years though most people hang on to them for longer. A new model washing machine, with regular maintenance, can last quite a long time but for those older models it may be time to get rid of it. The parts begin to wear down and the pipes leading to and from the washing machine start erode to breakdown. Oftentimes the parts required to fix the washing machine cost nearly as much as a new one.


Another great way to prevent potential water damages to listen to what your washing machine is telling you. If you notice the parts are starting to wear down and something is not acting like it should it may be time to either replace apart or replace the unit. The possible damage from even a very small leak on a washing machine that is run every day can lead to gallons of water seeping out. Another thing to avoid is frequently moving the washer. If you are constantly moving it back and forth putting stress on the pipes leading from it to the wall they may start to crack.


An excellent way of preventing the pipes connected your washing machine from breaking down is to replace them with braided steel supply lines these are much less likely to fail over time. The key to preventing water damage when it comes to washing machine is constant vigilance.