Pro Tips: What You Can Do to Prevent Water Damage

August 6, 2020

Stopping water from entering your home should be one of your top priorities as a homeowner, but this can be a remarkably difficult and time-consuming task. Tracking down all of the different sources, assessing the damage, figuring out how to stop it—it can seem like a monumental challenge. Since repairing water damage in Erie County is not always a simple (or low-cost) endeavor, you’ll want to be certain you’re doing everything you can to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Fortunately, the team at Ahold of Mold Environmental has been in this business for over 25 years. In that time, we’ve identified the best tips homeowners can put into action on their own:

  • Clean gutters regularly: Put a calendar reminder on your phone or computer for this one. It needs to be done at least twice a year, and it’s a relatively quick and inexpensive job to hire a company to do. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to rainwater pooling around the foundation of your home and seeping into the basement, making repairing water damage in Erie County a necessity. Prevent this outcome by practicing regular maintenance.
  • Know where your water main is located: It’s a good idea to know where your water main ties into the house just in case of emergencies, but you also want to know where it is so you can shut it off before heading out of town for an extended period. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing no water is entering your plumbing system and potentially causing problems.
  • Check appliances: Appliances that use water, like refrigerators with icemakers or washing machines, should be checked regularly for leaks. These should be nipped in the bud so you’re not left dealing with repairing water damage in Erie County.
  • Upgrade appliance hoses: Along the same lines as the above, if your appliance hoses are old and/or brittle, it’s time to replace them. Using new hoses is a good way to make sure no leaks are worn in place over time thanks to deteriorating equipment.
  • Watch your water bill: In today’s tech-heavy world, many people just set their bills to automatically pay and don’t actually pay them all that much mind. When it comes to your water bill, you’ll want to monitor it closely. A sudden jump can mean you have a leak somewhere and need to call in the pros to track it down and repair any damage it might have caused.
  • Use technology: One great device we encourage using is a water detection device, which sounds an alarm if it comes in contact with moisture. This is a great choice for hard-to-reach spots like crawlspaces, where moisture can creep in unnoticed.

Preventing moisture and repairing water damage in Erie County is Ahold of Mold Environmental’s specialty, and we have a significant amount of experience helping customers track down and stop water from coming into their homes. Reach out to us today to learn more or schedule your consultation!

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