Although we are available for various emergency disaster restoration services, water and fire damage are among the most common types to occur within homes. But here are a number of measures you can take in order to prevent water or fire damage from occurring to your own property.
Preventing Water Damage
- Check appliances using hot water: hot water tanks, dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, and ice makers for any leaks or puddles of water underneath. Ensure that they are in good condition and are securely attached to their foundation.
- Check gutters for blockages. Frequently monitor the gutters in the fall time for any blockages or leaks to prevent water from seeping into your foundation.
- Prevent pipes from freezing. In the winter time, burst pipes from being frozen are the number one cause for water damage. At this time, close all unnecessary exterior pipes. Also, allow for warm air to enter cabinets holding pipes inside to prevent them from freezing.
- Think about where you plant vegetation. Water damage within the home can even be derived from outside as you will want to be mindful of where you plant flowers, trees, and shrubs. If the roots are strong, they will push against any underground water lines. These can include: drainage field, pipes, septic tanks, and sprinkler systems.
- Monitor the water bill. Be mindful of your monthly water bill. If there is a leak, chances are you will notice a significant difference in your bill. In this case, check all pipes to make sure they are properly secure.
- Use a drain snake to unclog drains. Do not use any chemicals to unclog your drains; instead, use a drain snake. Although this may not be the most pleasant form of cleaning your pipes, it will not cause deterioration. Chemicals on the other hand, have a bad reputation of eating away at pipes, making them prone to leaking in the future.
- Avoid pouring grease down the sink. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it still happens. After it hardens, the substance will cling to the inside of the pipes and cause damage and blockages. Instead, pour it into a can, leave it overnight, and throw it away in the morning.
Although the majority of water damage within the home is preventable while following these steps, it is impossible to guarantee that it will never happen. Contact our water mitigation specialists if you have experienced a disaster in your home.
Fire and Smoke Damage Prevention
- Ensure all smoke alarms are working properly (make sure there is one in each bedroom). In addition, allow for easy access to a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and utility rooms.
- Clean heat-related appliances. Schedule appointments with contractors for annual cleaning of the: chimney, fireplaces, furnaces, and heating systems.
- Do not plug in too many electronic devices at once. It can cause a circuit overload. Check the fuse boxes, circuit breakers, and extension cords to ensure the watt usage does not exceed 1500 on the same circuit.
- Pay close attention to the stove when cooking. Never leave an open flame unattended on the stove, especially with young kids and pets. If you have to leave the kitchen for any period of time, turn the stove or oven of first.
- Avoid smoking at all costs in the house. There is nothing good coming out of cigarettes anyway. But most people don’t think about the smoldering butts left in contact with furniture and carpet.
- Never leave the room with an open flame. Burning candles are among the most common cause for house fires. Always supervise any kids or pets around a burning candle. ServiceMaster Recstore actually recommends using flameless candles.
Similar to the case of water damage, not all house fires are preventable. If you have experienced a large loss, do not hesitate to contact our smoke and fire damage restoration specialists. They have years of experience as well as advanced products and equipment to get you back on track in times of desperation.
Should a fire or flood ever occur in your home, call ServiceMaster Restore at (414) 433-8008 for 24/7 emergency disaster restoration services in the Milwaukee, and Kenosha WI areas.