Water damage, regardless of its cause, is very unpredictable and often leaves us with costly repairs. According to iPropertyManagement, about 99% of homes with a basement in the United States will experience water damage at some point. Not only that, but the cost of water damage and removal in the US also reaches up to $13 billion per year. Water damage, oftentimes, is unrecognizable until the damage caused is already huge. The best way to prevent water damage and costly repair services, it is important to protect yourself, your home, and your business against it by following some of these tips.

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Perform regular inspections and maintenance on your plumbing systems

By performing regular inspections, you will be able to spot early signs of water damage. Inspect your building for any signs of water leaking such as damp areas or discoloration on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Molds and mildew thrive in wet areas so if you spot molds growth in your property, chances are, there is also a water source near it. Inspect the plumbing system that leads to the water heater, dishwasher, washing machines, refrigerator, and other appliances for any sign of leakage. Make it a habit to shut off the source of water supply when going away for a vacation.

 Repair and protect your home or building’s exterior

Water damage can either be caused by an internal or external source. After a thorough inspection in your plumbing system, be sure to check the areas in your home or building where water may enter such as your windows, doors, downspouts, and others. Also, make sure that there are no missing or damaged shingles in your roof and gutter. Remove any debris that has accumulated in the gutter to ensure that rainwater can flow freely. Caulk and reseal windows or any cracks to prevent water seepage. 

Protect your property

You will never know when a storm comes or when your pipe breaks accidentally; so, the best option is to be prepared. You can do this by putting your valuable belongings in a waterproof container. Store them away from a water source too such as plumbing pipes in the basement or in the attic. To take even more precautions, you can invest in a water sensor for your home or business property so you will be notified right away in case of water leakage.

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