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More On Preventing Water Damage

Posted on 21 April 2018 by admin (0)

Loss of important documents, damage to property or even outright building collapse are all undesirable consequences of water damage which should be avoided at all costs. In order to achieve this, there are precautions that can be taken to ensure that the possibility of the occurrence of water damage is kept very low. These are practical steps that do not require any expensive procedures and can be easily undertaken by anyone.

Maintain and Repair any faulty appliances that work with water: Appliances like Washing Machines and dishwashers are potential sources of water damage. Be sure to use these devices with care and ensure that you always get all the water drained off after use. Also, regular maintenance checks should be carried out on these devices to ensure that there are no unnoticed leakages which may allow water to seep out. Water level sensors should also be regularly checked to guide against failure which may lead to an overflow.

As much as Possible, prevent Damp Patches: The formation of mold is one of the dangerous effects of water damage. However, one good thing is that mold is unable to survive under the application of heat, therefore, ensuring that any form of moisture on wall surfaces is removed as soon as possible before the conditions become conducive enough for the formation of mold.

Keep sinks unclogged and block pipe leakages: This is a very vital part of keeping water damage at bay. Often, sinks get clogged up by objects as minute as accumulated pieces of hair; also, toilets can get all blocked when solid objects get in. Blocked sinks and clogged toilets are sure to cause overflowing and can get the house easily overrun with water and their maintenance should be a top priority. Pipes should consistently be checked too, fix leakages as soon as they occur because they are potential flooding points.

Creation of Weep holes in Walls: To prevent walls from getting permeated by water and therefore getting weakened, weep holes can be drilled into the wall to provide an outlet for any entrained water. Weep holes are not used just in walls, but in many other underground and surface draining structures in order to bleed off any moisture that can threaten their structural integrity. Weep holes are a very effective preventive measure against water damage and you should have them drilled in your walls if you haven’t already.

 

In conclusion, water damage is a very difficult issue to tackle and can have quite devastating negative effects, however, with the preventive measures above, you stand a better chance of keeping your home, office, or building generally, safe from the dangers of water damage.