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Repairing your home after it’s been damaged by water can be costly. Small leaks can snowball into a major break and cause a lot of headaches. Whether you don’t notice or choose not to react promptly you might expect expensive repairs or even a renovation of your home depending on how much damage has been done. There are ways to detect and react in time to prevent water leaks from growing. I wanted to learn more about how to react better and what to focus on when I notice something is off so I talked it over with Risk Free Serv. Here’s what you can do to better prepare for water damage.

Locate The Main Valve

Whatever the problem might be, big or small, knowing where your main valve resides is critical in these situations. Even if you want to attempt repairs yourself you need to shut off the main valve first so you can safely operate. If you notice even a small leak and you aren’t sure why or where it is coming from, the safest bet is to turn off the main valve and call a professional. This way you will prevent any additional water damage and be able to assess the situation in its inception. 

Regular Appliance Maintenance

Regular Maintenance is recommended because you can never be 100% sure that your appliances are working properly. Water leaks are very often caused by refrigerators, washing machines, or aging dishwashers. Even if you are sure those appliances are ok, hoes connecting them to the wall might be old and in need of replacement. These can burst and cause water to spill all over the floor instantaneously, or show signs of minor leaks when the appliances are in use. Water hoses last for about 5 years, but you can replace them frequently.

Do Not Ignore Leaks

Signs of moisture, weird smells and stains on walls or ceilings shouldn’t be ignored. It might seem insignificant at first, but the more you wait the bigger the problem becomes. Responding fast is the finest way to avoid water damage. If you notice mold or mildew inside your home, you should know that they prefer dark and moist places. With that in mind, you need to investigate further to better understand why there is moisture in certain parts of your home.

Small leaks are small when they appear and they are annoying at best, but beyond that, they are a sign of a bigger problem to come. Never ignore your faucet drips or small puddles of water on the floor. 

It is worth mentioning that insurance usually covers immediate damage costs caused by sudden flooding. Damage caused by lack of timely initiative by the homeowner is, unfortunately, very difficult to reimburse.

Water Detector

These small devices are pretty useful. They can detect moisture or leaks near the usual suspect such as the washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heaters, and toilets. By doing so you will be alarmed when moist levels go up. 

Another precaution you can apply is to monitor your monthly bill. If you notice an unusual increase you can take a few previous bills for comparison. If you see a slow but steady increase you might be dealing with a leak somewhere inside your home, especially if the latest bill is noticeably higher.

Fast Reaction

It is vital to react quickly when certain clues are visible. If you don’t feel confident or experienced enough to deal with plumbing you should call an expert immediately. Further you wait the more money you will have to shell out, but also spend time on maintenances.