Emergency Water Damage Prevention Tacoma

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Water Damage - Prevent Emergencies

Inspection is the best form of prevention

Water makes up 60% of our bodies, 71% of the Earth, and humans can't live without consuming it. But it is also a major offender in the damage of many homes and businesses. 

According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is in fact the second most frequently filed insurance claim, right behind wind and hail damage. Obviously, we cannot control Mother Nature's will, but we can control how we protect our homes and businesses from inevitable damage.

Preventing damage is only possible when you are properly prepared. That means homeowners and business owners are responsible for ensuring the inside and outside of the structure is well maintained and ready to withstand whatever may come its way. 

Follow these tips to keep your home protected against water damage:

  • Inside Your Home
    • Regularly inspecting appliance hoses (including your refrigerator water line), faucets, showers, and tubs for any cracks, wet spots, or other signs that may lead to leaks or drainage.
    • Checking for leaks regularly also prevents long-term damage caused by unsuspecting mold and mildew.
    • Know the exact location of the main water shut-off valve in your home to ensure you can quickly address a damaged hose or burst pipe to stop water from entering your home.
  • Outside Your Home
    • Much like the inside of your home, you’ll want to regularly inspect the sprinklers and irrigation systems surrounding your home.
    • Clearing out any accumulated debris in your rain gutters and downspouts (or installing gutter guards) helps direct the flow of water away from your home.
    • Being mindful of the plants and trees thriving in your yard can also prevent water damage. Many plant roots tend to wrap around water pipes and destroy them. Landscaping away from utility pipes should always be taken into consideration.
  • Upgrade, Install and Monitor
    • Water loss in the home can also be caused by older, leaking washing machine hoses. Upgrade your hoses periodically and check the water pressure in your home to ensure they don’t break down under pressure.
    • Installing water detection devices near water heaters, sump pumps and dishwashers can detect when slow leaks and low moisture levels emerge.
    • After upgrades and installations, make sure to monitor your water bill to expose any possible leaks that might be lurking around your home.

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If you’ve already experienced some form of water loss and/or damage to your home or business, here is a handy infographic that highlights the reasons why you should choose an IICRC Certified Firm like Northwest Abatement Services

Contact one of our dedicated project managers if you have any questions about water hazards or water damage prevention.

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