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SERVPRO Water Damage Tips

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Watsonville/Hollister knows exactly what to do in the emergency of a water loss!

What would you do if you came home from work to a house that was filling up with water? Or woke up in the middle of the night to a mini lake in your living room? 

Water damage only becomes a problem when it’s happening to you or your loved ones. Luckily, there are some prevention tips to help ensure that this doesn't happen to you. Unfortunately, even the most prepared can’t guarantee they will never experience this problem. That being said there are still some things that you can do to prevent any further damages from being done. The following are a few helpful tips.

1.Disconnect hoses- Water that is backed up in the hose can freeze and create a water block. If this happens disconnect the hose and let it thaw out, otherwise running water could burst the pipes underground or in the walls.

2.Clean Gutters/Down Spouts- This should done at least twice a year to prevent clogging and flooding as well as to prevent ice damns from building up.

3.Maintain Trees/Vegetation- Always pay attention to the types of trees or plants that are on your property or that you plan on planting. Different types of trees or plants have different types of root systems that can wrap around or break underground water pipes.

4.Know Your Water Main- The location of your water main should be known by everyone who lives on the property, so that in case of an emergency the water line can be shut off to prevent further damages. Also, if the house will be left for long periods of time its good practice to shut of water main.

5.Check Appliances Regularly/Fix Anything Immediately- Check all appliances regularly for any leaks and if there is an issue fix it immediately. Most damage that is accidental or sudden is covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy but damage that is caused by lack of maintenance is not.

6.Upgrade Washing Machine Hose- A leak or break in an old brittle washing machine hose is one of the most common causes for a water loss. 

7.Check Home’s Water Pressure- Purchase a water gauge at a local hardware store set it up on an outside faucet, turn it on to full blast and read gauge. The average house’s water pressure is from 40 to 70 psi.

8.Monitor Water Bill- One way to ensure that there are no leaks or issues with water pressure around your house is by always checking the water bill for random changes in monthly consumption.   

In the unfortunate event that you experience a water loss emergency SERVPRO is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call Us at (831) 275-1901

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