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What Can Mesa Property Owners Do to Prevent Water Damage?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood damage, pipe leaks, sewer blockages, and appliance breakdowns are all examples of SERVPRO's frequent flood cleanup services. Unfortunately, floods, pipe bursts, sewage backups, and appliance failures can result in hundreds of dollars in repairs to the building in many cases.

SERVPRO of North Central Mesa offers several pieces of advice for property owners in Mesa to prevent water damage in their houses. There are things that homeowners may check on both inside and outside their homes to avoid water damage.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Issues 

When gutters are clogged with dirt, debris, and leaves, the water cannot flow as it should and instead backs up and over the top of the gutters. The liquid then leaks into cracks around the foundations, causing issues from rotting wood to hydrostatic water damage. Water damage to the attic may result from seepage into the eaves. Cleaning the gutters on a regular basis or using a gutter cover system can prevent seepage into a structure's walls and ceilings.

Checking Inside the Home for Potential Water Damage Concerns

There are numerous places within a home where water damage might occur. Because the damaged walls, ceilings, and flooring may all need to be replaced as a result of a slow leak, it will be more expensive to fix. Water damage is just one of the most common and costly causes of house fires in the United States. While environmental monitoring systems are helpful, it's a good idea for property owners to create a list of each room in their home, including closets and utility areas, and check them over monthly for signs of water damage. Common signs of a water problem include:

  • Water stains on drywall
  • Nails raised out of hardwood floorboards due to prolonged moisture exposure which causes warping
  • Buckling of walls and/ sagging ceilings
  • Corrosive build-up on pipes

Water Use Outside the Home

Rainwater should run away from your house, not pool around it. Look for standing water near the foundation after a rainstorm; these are the places that need to be elevated to divert the water away from the home. Consider downspout extensions as well. To avoid pipe fractures from occurring owing to the cold, sprinklers should be inspected once a year during the winterizing blow-out. The loss of pressure within the system might indicate leaks that need to be fixed. 

Appliances are Another Source of Potential Water Damage

Consider how many appliances in the kitchen need water, such as a fridge with an ice maker and a dishwasher. The washing machine's drain hose should be inspected monthly for cracks and leaks in the pressurized water lines. The average water heater tank holds around 55 gallons for a typical family. Many gallons may flow onto the floor if a failure occurs, resulting in significant water damage to the building and contents. Monitoring systems and routine maintenance can help avoid these problems.

At SERVPRO of North Central Mesa (480)553-7103, we use the most advanced tools and equipment to help you get back on track quickly. Our technicians are backed by cutting-edge technology and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help your property in Mesa.

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