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Preventing Moisture Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO of West Forsyth County

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

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Water does a lot for us in our daily lives. Most of us run multiple loads of laundry, do the dishes and hose our children and pets down after they get a little wild outside every day. Having water the exact moment we need it makes our lives a lot easier.

Water may help us out when it is where we want it, but when it finds its way into all the wrong place, it can make our lives completely chaotic.

While Mother Nature has been known to throw some curveballs at us that leave our homes wetter than they should be, we can take action inside our homes to prevent other kinds of water damage. The more you know about preventing moisture buildup, the more you can keep your home free of disasters.

Under Your Sinks

Getting to know the places that water hides starts by getting to know your sinks. With so many water lines running in different directions, it can be hard to find small leaks. When a leak is allowed to drip long-term, it can lead to damage in your cabinets and under your floors.

Make sure you are looking under your sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms once a week. Feel all of your water lines for extra moisture. Make sure that any connections are tight, and replace anything that is showing signs of aging. The more you can keep things in good working order, the more you can avoid costly repairs.

Beneath Appliances

Large appliances are another huge convenience in our home, but they are also common places for small leaks. When a leak starts in an appliance it often starts under or below it, which means it may drip for quite a long time before you know something has happened.

Every few months, pull out your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator. Give the area behind them a good cleaning, and check for mold growth. Feel all around them for soft spots or drips in the floor as well. These are all indicators you need to do a little more work to find a potential leak.

Behind Your Walls or Floors

One of the many reasons you want to find leaks before they have cost you a lot of water is that they can lead to damage behind your walls and under your floors. It doesn’t take much water to find its way into cracks and crevices—no space is too small for water to creep in.

If you notice a musty smell, particularly around your appliances and the walls they touch, it could be time to do some more investigating. A new squeaky spot in the floor is another concerning sign that some damage has been done.

Around Your Windows and Doors

When there are large differences in the temperature in a single day it can lead to condensation on your windows. You might be tempted to ignore this common issue, but condensations can stick around longer than your want and lead to structural damage.

This moisture can get into cracks and crevices around your windows and your doors. Feel around the frames of both your window and doors regularly. Replace your seals when they start to wear out. Any sign of excess moisture means it is time to seal things up better.

Don’t let water damage derail your life. As soon as you find damage, call SERVPRO® and we will respond quickly. Whether it’s handling standing water or structural problems from a long-term leak, we will do what it takes to get everything back on track.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO for a quick restoration.

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