These tips could protect you against costly water losses and homeowner’s insurance claims this winter. Follow these easy tips to keep your home safe and well-maintained:
1. Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly: If you ignore water damage or postpone making the necessary repairs, you significantly increase the likelihood for mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home. Keep in mind that homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental. Damage that results from lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.
2. Upgrade washing machine hoses: Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a large mess and expensive damage.
3. Install water detection devices: A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.
4. Check your water pressure: If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 to 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100 psi, install a pressure regulator (available at most hardware stores ).
5. Monitor your water bill: Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is to simply take a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next then that’s an immediate red flag. Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Perhaps a broken pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!
If you unfortunately experience water damage, call Steamatic of Arkansas for prompt, thorough and professional service.
We service clients throughout the state of Arkansas including: Pulaski County, Saline County, Garland County, Faulkner County, Lonoke County, Conway County, Pope County, Prairie County, Cleburne County, White County, Van Buren County, Yell County, Montgomery County, Hot Spring County, Hempstead County, Pike County, Clark County, Grant County, Perry County and our main offices are located in Little Rock and Hot Springs. For larger jobs we will service all of Arkansas.