Lets get right to the point. Water can absolutely ruin your home and cost you thousands of dollars. Water is also one of the most important and expensive resources in the world today. We use it to shower, drink, brush our teeth, wash our clothes, water the lawn, and countless other things. What we need to be careful of is making sure that there is no water damaging the inside or the outside of our homes that we may not know about. In this article I will be going over a few ways you can detect and prevent water damage from occurring or reoccurring in your home. Lets get started.
If you notice that your water bill has spiked recently and you are not sure why then you may have a problem with leaks somewhere in your home. Make sure that when you are using a hose outside, you always turn the water off completely. Leaving the hose running will not only jack up your water bill but it will also cause water to build up and start corroding areas if it goes unnoticed long enough.
You should be periodically checking any and all pipes and faucets in and outside of your home to make sure that there are no leaks coming from them. A small crack in a pipe can turn into a completely busted pipe if not taken care of soon enough. If you notice a leak in your toilet or sink due to a broken part or something that is not working right, you may want to have it replaced or fixed as soon as possible as the more time the water drips, the more damage it does to your home and your wallet.
Do not forget to check the lines connecting water to your appliances such as your washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator to make sure that they are always secured and are not leaking.
If you notice that your flooring is cracking or raising up on you then you most likely have a problem with a pipe leaking somewhere in the home. Try and find what pipe is under the floor with water damage and follow it to the source to find out if there is a leak in a pipe is causing the problem. If so you will need to repair the pipe as soon as possible before your floor gets worse
If you look up and notice that there are some brown spots or discoloration in your ceiling then you have a big leak. For something to get that color and be that noticeable you probably have had a crack or a broken pipe leaking water for some time now. You will need to go upstairs and find the source above the brown spots on the ceiling to find out exactly what is causing it before your roof collapses on you. After finding the source and having the problem taking care of, you will most likely need to have the roof of the area that was damaged replaced.
Water damage is something you never want to have to worry about. If you just take some of the simple steps I have listed above such as checking all your pipes often and making sure that you always turn off the water when not using it you should be in the clear now and in the future!
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This article was written by Colin Quinn, professional writer at InsuranceLand.org. Colin has become an expert in the home insurance industry with over 5 years of experience.