Preventative Eagle River Water Damage Tips
SERVPRO Offers Advice to Prevent Water Damage in Eagle River
Every year Eagle River water damage causes millions of dollars in damages. It can be the result of pipes bursting, leaks, or natural disasters. Even though water can cause a lot of damage, there are several things you can do to reduce the severity of the damage.
Simple Prevention Techniques
With some simple prevention techniques, you can prevent or reduce substantial water damage costs. When you leave your home for vacation, turn off your main water line. This will ensure that flooding will not be the result of a busted frozen pipe or hose. When the weather is frigid, allow your faucets to drip regularly. That way any water that freezes will have room to expand without bursting a pipe.
Make sure to clean gutters and downspouts frequently, so clogs from leaves, dirt, and other debris don’t cause gutter damage or overflowing water to enter your home. Always have your hose connection fittings checked yearly and regularly check on your appliances. Not only will this be more cost and energy efficient, but it could also prevent a major catastrophe.
Look for Small Signs of Water Damage
Also, pay close attention to any small signs that water damage is occurring. If you notice a water stain on the ceiling or water spot in the wood, that could be a sign of a leak. That leak could continue to warp construction materials until you have significant damage inside the structure of your home. Make sure appliance hose fittings and connections are properly tightened and sealed. This could be with a refrigerator ice maker line, washing machine hose, or other appliance. Remove and replace old caulk and grout around sinks, tubs, and tile work. Always check for leaks around faucets, drains, and water supply lines. Test your sump pump each season to ensure that it will properly transport water out through a drainpipe and away from the property.
Protect Your Furnishings and Other Valuables
Keep valuable items and other furniture off of areas that are prone to flooding by placing them on tables or crates with legs. That way if a flood occurs, some of your property will be protected by being higher than the floor. Watch your roof carefully for any shingle damage or flashing, especially by chimneys, that is out of place. Ensure that your R insulation factor is sufficient for your attic. This will help eliminate the potential for ice damming on the roof and gutters. By completing little fixes, you save yourself from potential water damage costs later.
Weatherproof Your Home
Before winter begins (if it ever ends), be sure and disconnect all water hoses from around your home and turn the water valves off completely. Invest in foam covers for your outside spigots. This cheap fix will keep cold out and insulate the area around the taps which will help prevent freezing and water damage in Eagle River. Further, be sure to seal window cracks and sealants around doors to further prevent water from entering your home during a storm or flood.
If after all your proactive efforts, water damage in Eagle River becomes an issue, call SERVPRO for an immediate response to mitigate damage, and save you time and money. We can restore your property to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
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Properly restoring your home after a fire or water damage event requires specialized equipment, expertise, and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently from your home in Eagle River, Anchorage, and Chugiak. Call SERVPRO of North Anchorage 24/7 for a prompt response. (907) 688-3001