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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.


water leak damaged homes - the restoration

How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home

by Paul Burton

As a homeowner, you want to do everything in your power to prevent your home from being on the receiving end of water damage. Since there are many ways water damage can occur, this means you have to be vigilant with regards to protecting your home. This article will provide you with tips on preventing water damage by educating you on potential dangers.

Prevent freezing pipes

If you live in an area where the temperature can fall below freezing, then you need to prepare your pipes so they can handle the coldness without freezing, which can cause them to burst. 

You should leave your vulnerable faucets on during freezing weather. They should have a slow and steady stream of water coming out of them that's about the thickness of a pencil lead. A vulnerable faucet is one with pipes that go through walls with the outdoors on the other side.

Leave the doors open to your bathrooms, the laundry room and anywhere else with plumbing to ensure that some of the heat from your house is making its way I there to help keep the pipes warmed up. Open the cabinet doors to cabinets with plumbing pipes located in the cabinets.

Consider getting rid of your waterbed

A waterbed can cause a lot of damage to your room if it breaks. If you have children who like to climb on it, you have pets with claws or it your bed is getting old, then you should really think about replacing it with a bed that has a regular mattress.

Place your above ground pool away from your house

Above ground pools can collapse, especially if they aren't on level ground or if there are people in them who are roughhousing. Choose a location for your pool that's further from your house so it won't suffer water damage if something does happen to the pool.

Know how to quickly stop a flooding toilet

If your toilet is flooding, quickly remove the tank lid and pull up on the wire in the tank. Use a coat hanger or another long object to hold it in place. This will stop the toilet from flooding over and give you time to plunge the clog out.

Protect your home with sandbags

If you are expecting a lot of rain in your region and you are concerned about flooding, protect your home by placing sandbags around the vulnerable areas to steer the water away from them.

If your home does suffer water damage, call out a water damage restoration company (such as Home Star LLC) as soon as possible. The longer the water remains in your home, the more damage it will cause.