Emphasising the importance of taking preventative measures will not only help homeowners avoid major repair costs, but it will also help their families avoid potential health hazards associated with mold.
Water damage is the most frequently filed insurance claim for homeowners, according to the American Insurance Association. Leaky plumbing accounts for the majority of the issues, and while it seems small when it starts, it can cause serious damage to the structure and the finish of homes. Since they use a lot of water, the bathroom and kitchen are among the areas in the home most prone to damage.
Emphasising the importance of taking preventative measures will not only help homeowners avoid major repair costs, but it will also help their families avoid potential health hazards associated with mold. Remodelers can help clients repair and prevent potential damage to their kitchens and bathrooms with these simple steps:
4Look for signs of leaks or damage
Provide homeowners ways to spot peaks in water usage, such as checking their water meter. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests checking the water meter for a two-hour period when water is not in use. If the meter does not read the same before and after, there is probably a leak.
In the kitchen and bathrooms, educate homeowners on interior signs of water damage by looking for any noticeable changes on the floors, walls or under the vanities. Physical signs like floors buckling, paint chipping or water spots are a few examples of detection. Check water lines and shut-off valves at the sinks, tubs and toilets and ensure there are no cracks or any type of corrosion. Installing water detection devices near sinks, dishwashers and toilets will detect low moisture levels or unseen slow leaks, while also helping to prevent extensive damage and potential mold growth.