Ignored Causes of Water Damage
Water damage is likely not something you plan to
be dealing with in your home. It’s also probably
not something that many of your neighbors or
friends in the area have ever had to recover from,
but it is a serious problem that can occur in any
home when you least expect it.
Even though water damage from flooding is not
too common, it is important that you are prepared
to deal with it in your Cincinnati home. There are
many instances in which flooding can occur and
you want to ensure that you can recognize the
warning signs and respond to the damage quickly.
It’s Your Choice
Your response to water damage in Cincinnati will make all of the difference when you are trying
to recover from such a disaster. Responding quickly will drastically minimize the damage that
your home incurs and enable you to recover as many possessions as possible.
Giving the water too much time to soak into your home will minimize your chances of
recovering hardly anything at all. Working quickly is crucial and understanding what can cause
water damage will ensure that home owners are able to recognize and deal with it quickly.
In Cincinnati there are many cold winters and throughout the winter water pipes may freeze
when you do not take precautions to prevent freezing pipes. After your pipes freeze, they have a
high chance of bursting and if they do, this could lead to extensive flooding and water damage in
Maintaining Your Home
When water begins to fill your home and
standing water accumulates from broken
pipes, turning off the water main is the
first step that should be taken. As you
turn off the water to your home, you will
be able to keep more water from flooding
into your home and you can then focus on
removing the water that is in your home.
If you have a pool on your property,
watching out for flooding as a result of
the pool is also an excellent precaution. Under the right circumstances, water can overflow from
your pool, flood your lawn or even flood the first floor or basement of your home.
Swimming pools need to be checked on a consistent basis, to ensure that there are also no leaks
into the surrounding areas of your home. Leaks can be difficult to notice, especially if you don’t
have a professional come and inspect the entire pool periodically.
A leaking washing machine in your home may also be the cause of flooding. There are many
people that find that their home is flooded because their washing machine overflowed or one of
the water hoses broke or burst.
If something in your washing machine breaks, it is important that it be fixed as soon as possible.
The amount of water that fills the washing machine or even a small hose leak is enough to cause
a substantial amount of damage to your home.
Also, inspect hoses to your washing machine frequently. Different types of hoses have different
life expectancies, and old or worn hoses can be terrible culprits of home flooding.
The combination of water and soap can also be difficult to handle. Cleaning any flood as quickly
as possible will take away many of the possibilities that you are going to have to deal with
permanent water damage in Cincinnati.
Photo Credit: David Shub, Swain Boat