Water damage is one of the most devastating things that can occur to a home. The results of this type of damage can be structural issues, mold and even drastic loss of personal property. When going on vacation take the steps necessary in order to assure that water damage safety has been adhered o and that your possessions are secure.
There are a number of steps that may be taken in order to prevent flood damage to your home. The first step is to make sure that everything in your home is secure and water tight. In other words, check for any leaks with your water system and make sure that the roof of your home is in good condition and water tight. This will also include a manual check of appliances and their hoses and connectors. It is suggested to turn the water off to these appliances before leaving your home for an extended period of time.
A good thing to check is your sump pump. Many times the best way to prevent flood damage is to make sure your back up systems are operational and ready to work in times of emergency. Another way to assure water damage safety is to have a battery back up for yur sump pump in case there is a power outage.
If your vacation is during the winter months, make sure that there is proper insulation around any exposed pipes. water damage safety also includes making sure that your pipes do not burst so making sure that there is sufficient heat and insulation around your piping system will aid to prevent flood damage. Another thing one will want to consider if vacationing during the winter months is to open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow the warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
Always make sure to have the heat on low and possibly have someone periodically check on your home while you are away. If there is no one available to check on your home, consider turning off the water at the main in order to assure that there will be no water damage while you are away. Before leaving and after turning the water off also make sure to run the taps and flush the toilet a few times to make sure that all of the water is out of the pipes. This will prevent your pipes from bursting if they get too cold.
GA Water & Fire provides water damage safety tips and advice to prevent water damage in home, businesses, hotels, condos and apartments in Atlanta Metropolitan area including Athens, Conyers, Sandy Springs, Hiawassee, Lawrenceville, Jonesboro, Tucker, Marietta, Alpharetta, Dallas, Covington, Dalton, Winder, Lafayette, Trenton, and surrounding areas