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Preempting Water Threats at Home | SERVPRO® of Northwest Bergen

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Did You Know? Water is looking for ways to escape.

In every pipe, hose and connection, your water is waiting—even now—for an opportunity to break free of restraint and get out. And if it finds any opportunity to free itself, it will absolutely take it.

That’s why it’s important to be familiar with the areas around your home that may be susceptible to leaks and failures—and if you can keep your guard up, you might be able to catch some escapes before they happen.

Toilets. Your toilet only has a couple of places that would end up putting water in your actual floor—namely the valve seal, the supply hose and possibly the wax seal under the toilet itself. Inside the tank, you might develop leaks from your rubber flapper as well—these will waste water, but not spill it.

Appliances. If an appliance uses water, it has to use hoses, joints and washers to move that water around. Washing machines in particular are known for developing leaky hoses. Oh, and do mind the age of your water heater. If it gets too old, it is more like to burst.

Clogged gutters. Clogged gutters are probably the most preventable water damage scenario, because it’s a relatively simple task to get up there and remove the leaves and dirt that would become a problem.

Roof damage. Roof damage can come from environmental factors such as sun and rain over time, or acute factors like falling branches and hail. Inspect your shingles from the ground regularly and after any major storm event.

Pipes. Older pipers are prone to oxidation, but even newer pipes can burst or separate if joints aren’t fitted well. And outdoor pipes can get in trouble, too, especially from tree roots.

Blocked garbage disposals and sinks. The wrong foods can make it difficult for your disposal to work, or they can soak up a lot of water even after processing and dam up your sink’s pipes.

Water will try to escape through even the tiniest crack or deficiency, and you can’t predict everything—but routine inspection and prompt action may save you the headache of having to deal with the damage of a leak.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

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