There are a number of ways water can invade your property and cost you the mess and financial damages that may be avoidable if you apply preventative measures such as the ones described in this text. STOP Restoration has compiled a list of water damage prevention recommendations to help avoid costly water damage restoration expenses. This list is not exhaustive but will provide some of the most basic suggestions to prevent water damage from some of the most frequently occurring types of water damage.
Seal Windows and Doors
If you live and work in areas near Boston, Massachusetts, you are well aware that we receive a higher than usual amount of rain. Eastern Massachusetts is subjected to frequent storms with high winds and rain downpours. Installing storm windows can help. One of the most common forms of water damage is when water seeps in through windows and causes water damage to the trim and dry wall. Consider updating windows and doors or caulking the door and windows to keep the rainwater from damaging your property.
Inspecting Faucets, Hoses and Sinks
Routinely check your water faucets and sinks to ensure there are no unnoticed slow water leaks. Check underneath the vanity or kitchen cabinets to see if there is moisture or evidence of water leaks. If the area looks “moldy,” you likely have a water leak.
Keep an eye out for any moisture or water around accessible pipes or plumbing, often in the utility room or basement. Any signs of moisture should be taken seriously to prevent mold growth or more serious water leaks. If in doubt, a trusted plumber should be able to help identify and resolve drainage problems or leaking water pipes.
Investigate Leaks Right Away & Repair
Water leaks or signs of dripping water are not something that should be left to resolve on their own. They need to be urgently fixed as continuous water leaks can lead to mold and causes more damage to the property. Watch for signs of a water leak such as dark spots within sink cabinets, water stains on ceilings, and any active water drips or pooling water.
Prevention Methods: Ask a Plumber
Consult with a trusted plumber to help you prevent water damage in any season. For the winter, ask about an emergency pressure release valve to avoid the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and pipe bursts. If you have a drainage concern in your basement, ask about a sump pump to help drain the water in the event that the basement floods. Concerns with plumbing in the home or commercial workplace should be a call to a licensed plumber.
Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses
For a homeowner, washing machine leaks are one of the most common causes of water damage. The trick is to replace the washing machine hoses about every five years. A flood safe washing machine hose in another option for some.
Inspect Your Air Conditioning Unit
Air conditioning units are another commons source water damage in the home or workplace. Since the air conditioning units are usually out of sight, settled in a distant corner and not frequently visited, they may end up becoming a major cause of water damage. It is important to ensure your air conditioning unit is well maintained and that there are no signs of water leaks especially around the summer period when the AC unit is often over-worked.
In summary, water damage is best dealt with by being proactive and reducing the risk of having a water loss event. When the flood happens, whether large or small, remember that STOP specializes in safely extracting the water and drying using the most current and rigorous science and technology. STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm - safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water removal and restoration of any water damage related issues in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Ashland MA, Natick MA, or Southborough MA. Call STOP Restoration (STOP MetroWest 508-753-3780) based in Framingham MA.