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Water damage is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. It can happen to anyone, anytime. You may be lucky and identify the incident immediately or, like many homeowners, the unfortunate event takes place when you are not at home, leading to extensive water damage and repairs. Here are some common causes of household water damage, and how you can hopefully prevent them from happening to your home.
The winter season can bring fun and enjoyment when it snows. However, plummeting temperatures during the winter months cause water to freeze and expand, leading to busted pipes (plastic or metal). Sometimes the damaged pipe may be easy to locate if it is exposed. However, a busted pipe may also occur under flooring or the inside of a wall. It is important to note that homeowners should know the location their main water shut-off valve, in the event that a leak does occur. This way, the water can be stopped as soon as possible.
To reduce the chance of a busted pipe, be sure to leave several faucets dripping to keep water flowing through the pipes, especially when temperatures reach below freezing. Also, be sure pipes are properly wrapped with pipe insulation to minimize the risk of water freezing. If you do notice that you have a frozen pipe, before it busts, contact a licensed plumber to thaw the water and repair the pipe if necessary.
A pipe is not always the culprit, however. Water damage may also occur because of a leaky appliance, fixture or decorative items. Even homes in balmy areas may fall victim to water damage caused by a leaky toilet, refrigerator, or aquarium. Performing regular maintenance and inspections can help minimize the risk of a leaky appliance. However, sometimes appliances fail without warning. If you are home when the water begins to leak, be sure to shut off the water valve leading to the appliance or your home.
It is important, no matter the extent of the leak, that you stop the water immediately, then, call the experts at Spotless Carpet Cleaners to remove the water, dry the area affected and assess the extent of the damage. Our team of professionals is on standby 24/7, waiting to serve you in your time of need.