When people think of water damage, it is often associated with floods, storms, or busted pipes. There are many ways that things in our daily lives can contribute to water damage without you even realizing it until there is extensive damage to be dealt with. If you notice that there is water damage in your property, it is important to seek out professional water damage restoration services right away in order to mitigate damage and prevent mold growth. Though there are many instances where water damage can be totally out of your control, there are ways you can be proactive in water damage prevention.
Be Aware of the Humidity Levels in Your Home or Business
Did you know that having too high of humidity in your home or business can cause water damage? High humidity levels not only create enough moisture to cause damage, but can encourage mold growth, and even can cause negative health symptoms. For these reasons, it is important to keep your humidity at a healthy level. For indoor spaces, it is recommended to maintain a humidity level between thirty percent and fifty percent. This will help prevent water damage and other negative side effects.
Use Your Exhaust Fans
Most properties have exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen. That is because the activities that take place there create steam and release water vapor into the air. If you have ever boiled water in the kitchen without running your exhaust fan, you may have noticed how your cabinets and other fixtures above the level of the stove become very moist from the steam. This excess of water in the air can cause water damage to your home or business as well as your personal belongings. In order to help prevent that from happening, it is recommended to use your exhaust fan during showers or baths in your bathroom and when cooking or boiling water in your kitchen.
Keep an Eye on Water Pressure & Utility Bills
If you notice that your water pressure changes without a reasonable cause, it may be a sign that there is a leak somewhere in your property. The same can be said if you notice that you are using more water than usual, which typically results in higher utility bills.
Routinely Check on Accessible Plumbing
There is a lot of pipes and plumbing that is behind our walls, under out floors, and in areas that are just not accessible for us to keep an eye on, but sometimes the pipes under our sinks, behind our washing machines, and in other areas that are “out of sight, out of mind” can be neglected. This can cause a leak to be present in your home and be causing water damage without you realizing it. Make it a habit to check on the plumbing you have access to every now and then in order to avoid a situation like this.
These simple habits along with regular care and maintenance for your home or business and appliances can make a big difference when it comes to water damage prevention. If you do find yourself dealing with water damage, contact 1st Choice Solutions. There is no job too big or small for our water damage restoration company. We offer 24/7 emergency services, so call us right away to get started on your water damage restoration process.