Charlotte’s summers are hot and muggy, with lots of rain. And after more than a year at home, you might be itching to get away for a long awaited vacation. However, while you are gone, potential water damage goes far beyond just rainfall. Water damage caused by a leak or a burst pipe in your absence can be devastating. If no one is home to shut off the water, an enormous quantity of water can flood a house and cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. The additional time before clean up begins will contribute to more mold growth.
Some scenarios can cost you more than money, they affect your overall health. Avoid the risk of a water damage issue, take some precautions and then enjoy your vacay!
Leaks are commonly found in your roof, pipes, windows, foundation, appliances, and plumbing fixtures. Take a look under the sink and around all your appliances (dishwasher, hot water heater, ice maker, etc.)
If you think it might rain and storm while you are gone, check the window sills and door frames. You don’t want to leave any opportunities for a flood while you are out. Call Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte to make repairs before your vacation.
A well maintained sump pump is the first line of defense against a basement flood, a storm or plumbing leak; all of which are forms of major water damage and cleanup in your home. However, when that sump pump fails, it can create a problem worse than the flooding itself.
Perform a test every year to ensure it’s in working order. If you notice a problem with your sump pump, call a professional immediately for assistance. According to FEMA, if you don’t have a sump pump in your home, you should consider installing one to deter the possibility of water leaks.
One way to check if you have a hidden leak is to keep an eye on your water bill. If your bill is higher than normal, then there could be a water leak somewhere in your home.
If you are noticing a pattern that doesn’t make sense with your recent water usage, call the professionals at Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte to investigate a potential leak.
If you are planning to take an extended vacation this summer, it’s best not to leave your water on while you’re away. If you plan to be on vacation for more than two weeks, turn off your water in your home via the main shut off valve. (It will be close to the street; you might need a crescent wrench.)
If you have someone checking in on your home from time to time, while you are away, you may not want to restrict the entire water supply. Just shut off select supply lines to limit the risk of leaks. When returning home, turn the water back on at the valve first to allow any rust or sediment to wash out of the lines before you turn off the taps.
Let Restoration 1 be your trusted partner. If you return home to find any unexplained water in your home, call for help. When not addressed immediately, mold and mildew can form. You need to get the professionals involved right away; Restoration 1 provides ce