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Simple Precautions To Prevent Water Damage

Aug 7, 2008
With all the horror that many home owners have experienced lately because of water damage that was created by natural disasters, it has brought a lot of new attention to the damage that water can do in a home even when it is on a small scale. A lot of the worry is about mold growth and how dangerous and unhealthy it can be for humans living in a home that has it.

Mold as bad as it is, is not the only reason that we need to make sure that there are no water issues inside or outside our home. Even though we must have water in the home to be able to function in day to day life, it can be a real costly expense if it is not contained and respected as it should be. Making repairs as soon as we find a problem where water is concerned is very important.

You might not think that it can do very much harm to let that small leak under the kitchen sink go for a couple of months, but that is where you are wrong. Even small leaks that come in contact with wood and sheetrock can cause rotting and mold. If you discover the leak and stop it quickly, any mold that has developed should be easy enough to kill and eliminate. If you choose to let it go for long enough, it can be much more difficult to get rid of and it spreads pretty quickly.

Anywhere in your home that has a risk of water leaks should be inspected at least a couple of times a year. This includes the roof, attic, crawl space, or basement. Small repairs are much easier and cheaper to do or have done than big ones and any problem that involves water will usually only become bigger as time goes by. If you see a leak and can not get it fixed right away, at least place a container underneath it to catch the water until it can be repaired.

Being careful with water in the home especially if you have children is always necessary. Place non slip mats in front of tubs, showers, and sinks to help prevent falling. Use grab bars in the tub and shower area too. Children and the elderly often need them to help get in and out safely. Use faucet guards on hot water and keep your hot water temperature set lower to prevent scalding when you have children in the home too. Water in the home can be helpful or hazardous and it depends on how we treat it.
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