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The Worry Of Water Damage And How It Can Affect You

Jul 9, 2008
With all the recent years that news coverage has given to the devastation of water damage in a home, it has people more aware of how home floods can destroy more than just a home. While not all of us live in areas that are in danger of being flooded, we still should be aware of other things in the home that can cause similar, if not less destruction from water.

When homes are flooded by disasters caused by Mother Nature, it can be horrendous. It can flood one or more floors of a home, fill them with toxic chemicals and sewage, and ruin all kinds of personal belongings. Worst of all, human lives themselves can be endangered. Flooding because of plumbing breaks can be much less severe than this, but a great amount of damage can still be done.

The worst flooding from a plumbing break that can be done in a home is when it happens when we are away. Even if it happens in the morning, by the time we get home in the evening it can have accumulated several inches or more. While this water might not be filled with raw sewage or toxic chemicals, it will still saturate floors and other belongings. If it is not cleaned up and dried out promptly, mold can grow and this is traumatic for a home and its occupants.

The best prevention for home flooding due to plumbing breaks is thorough and regular inspections of all the water sources and pipes in your home. Making sure that pipes are in good condition and that the fittings are tight is essential. Valves under the sinks and toilets need to be good condition too. These have to be in good order because if they rupture, this is what can cause water to flood inside a home. The pipes underneath a home can bust and flood outside. This might not cause damage inside, but it still can wreak havoc.

If you do not know how to check your own plumbing for flaws, then you might consider consulting a plumber to come in and do it for you once a year. It should be done before the cold winter months set in. Plumbing breaks and home floods in the winter time can be really annoying to repair especially if you are the one who has to do them. The last thing anyone one needs is a flood in the home during freezing weather.
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