5 easy steps to prevent water damage

Water damage: it can be costly and aggravating at its best or dangerous and destructive at its worst.  While some circumstances (like weather) cannot be avoided, there are ways that we can safeguard our homes against some of the most basic forms of water damage.  In our experience, there are a handful of preventative measures that can be followed to avoid potentially expensive damage.  Here are a few helpful tips to protect your home:

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  1. Install toilet seat locks in your bathroom if you have small children in the home.  This is not only a safety measure, but could protect your home from a toilet overflow!  Small children will often place items in the toilet and flush them, causing damage to the water lines and clogging the system.
  2. Ice makes are a common culprit when investigating the source of water damage in the kitchen.  Use copper or heavy braided lines to supply water to your icemaker.  Keep these lines in mind when moving your refrigerator and be sure never to bend or kink the icemaker lines.   Dishwasher lines can also easily cause damage, so take care when installing, moving or adjusting this appliance as well.
  3. Similar to icemakers and dishwashers, washing machine supply lines require care and maintenance.  Rubber washing machine lines are only rated to last 5 years. When was the last time you changed yours?
  4. While skylights can provide beautiful, natural light in your home, they can also be a source of water damage if not maintained with regularity.  Check skylight seals periodically to make sure they are not leaking or rotting.
  5. Take care of your sewer lines or call a professional to do so for you!  Install backflow preventers in your sewer line if you live on a slope or at the bottom of a hill.

Should you experience any sort of water damage, be sure to take care of it immediately to prevent ongoing damage.  As always, Kennedy Restoration is here to help should you experience any sort of water damage.