How to best manage water damage in your home
Even just a few inches of water can do serious harm to your home. The plumbing experts at Heaton specialize in water restoration. We also offer helpful DIY advice on how to deal with a water emergency and protect your home for the future.
Water damage is the second most filed insurance claim in the United States with billions of dollars in property losses spent each year as a result of water damage.
Follow these 3 simple steps before you begin troubleshooting:
- Turn off the water supply in your home
- Turn off all power
- Move furniture
Why a water leak constitutes an immediate emergency:
- A 1/8 inch crack in a pipe can cause as much as 250 gallons of water released per day!
- Mold can grow in an untreated, damp environment within the first 24 to 48 hours
From burst pipes, to clogged toilets, sewer backups and water heater failures, water emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it is your water heater, toilet or any other plumbing or equipment that needs service, our trained plumbing professionals are here to help you with all of your residential plumbing needs.
Water damage can be put into three categories:
- Uncontaminated, clean water that does not pose a threat (water from a kitchen sink or tub being an example).
- Grey water from sump pump pit water or discharge from a dishwasher could contain contaminants and exposure could result in illness.
- Black water from sewer backups or floodwater can cause serious illness or even death from exposure.
Our simple facts about household leaks with be sure to save you money on your utility bill while also helping you to be more environmentally conscious.
Preventative Maintenance – Do It Yourself
Keeping your home safe and dry can be an easy process if you follow these simple steps:
- Frequently inspect your water lines and seals on washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers and ice-makers. Replace if needed.
- Drain water heaters every six months to prevent sediment buildup.
- Prevent frozen pipes by maintaining the heat in your home.
- Inspect the water shut-off valve regularly and replace if needed.
- Test your sump-pump at least once a year.
Understanding these plumbing basics will help you to maximize your plumbing’s efficiency throughout your home and address water leaks immediately.