Water Damage Prevention: Protecting Your Property From A Wet Doom

Posted on November 11, 2019.

 

Water can do some damage, plain and simple. When it comes to places such as your floors and walls, it causes them to rot and mold. 

However, by doing chores around the house and periodically checking your appliances, you can avoid water damages and save yourself both time and money.

Take action and use these easy steps for water damage prevention and be sure your property is protected from a wet doom. 

Regularly Inspect Your Appliances

Appliances around your home such as fridges, dishwashers, water heaters, A/C units, showers, and other related appliances are susceptible to bursting or springing a leak. As time passes, they begin to weaken, so periodically checking your appliances and pipes for signs of wear and tear should be something you are doing. 

Since many appliances rely on a hose, it is common for them to be a common problem in water damage problems. When you notice any rusty, leaky, or damaged hoses, you need to replace them as soon as possible. 

Older water heaters can also rust on the bottom and start to have issues with leaking. Have a maintenance inspection scheduled about once every year and you should be sufficient for staying on top of any issues or future problems. 

Some signs that are a red flag that your appliance may be on its last days are sounds of water running when nothing is turned on, bad odors coming from floors, walls, and drains, lower water pressure, and mold growing around the appliance. 

Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill

A great way to scope out any issues and problems is as easy as checking the water bill. 

Make sure to check what the typical average you are charged by the water company each month, and if the bill is much higher one month, you may have a leak. 

Since many pipes are hidden in walls, it can be hard to know if you have a leak or not. A crack the size of your pinky nail can cause a loss of up to 250 gallons of water every day you let it go. 

It also doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on your water meter. You can do this by locating your water meter, turning off all taps in your house, and if the dial is still turning it means you have a leak somewhere. 

Clean out the Gutters

Cleaning out the gutters is never a fun chore to do. But that’s what kids are for right?

Making sure that your gutters are clean is important, especially if you want to prevent water damage problems. 

The purpose of your gutters is to direct any excess water coming off the roof away from your property. 

When the gutters get clogged, it causes water to overflow off the roof and run along the side of your house into the basement instead of away from the property. 

This can cause damage to the foundation, roof leaks, and other damage that is much more expensive and difficult than you just cleaning out the gutters. 

Be Careful When Planting Trees

When planting trees, vegetation, or other landscaping projects, it is important to pay attention to minimize damage to pipes. 

You should know where major pipelines are located before you plant trees to ensure the overgrowth of the trees do not cause harm with their roots underground and break apart pipes.  

There are companies that can mark the location of the sewer line if you are not able to locate it. 

You can also reach out to a landscaper and find a tree that won’t harm your property. 

Take Care of Leaks

Treating a known leak, no matter the size, is a must. If a leak is left untreated it can cause staining, mold, and other damage to things like your walls and floors. 

The faster you take action, the less damage there will be. 

It is important to note that most standard insurance policies require the homeowner to make repairs on leaks or damaged appliances immediately. This means that if you put it off for too long, you may be denied coverage. 

Prepare for Winter

When it starts to get colder, you need to be sure you are giving proper care to your pipes. 

When pipes freeze, the water inside turns into ice, expands, and creates pressure that causes the pipe to burst. This is why it is so important to check the low insulated areas of your home, as they are at the most risk of freezing. 

Adding insulation to these areas at risk may be necessary if it is severe enough. If this is the case, contact professional services, or follow the proper guidelines and wear the necessary protective gear if you choose to do it yourself. 

Another easy way to fight the cold is by keeping cabinet doors open and allow warmer air in the home to heat the pipes. 

One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to prevent water damage. 

However, this can be a difficult task, as sometimes things happen and there is nothing we can do about it.

If your home or business has suffered from water damage, ServiceMaster Clean can help with our water damage mitigation services. 

Contact us and get your free quote here.

We look forward to working with you!


Holiday Cleaning Guide: Clean and Impress Your In-laws This Season

Posted on November 4, 2019.

 

When it comes to the holidays, one might notice themselves being a little more stressed and overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done. 

And while it is fun to host friends and relatives for the holiday gatherings, getting prepared for it is no easy task. 

To make things go a little more smoothly on your end, we created this holiday cleaning guide that has everything you need to clean to impress the in-laws this holiday season. 

Start Early

Starting early and getting a jump start on the holiday season will be a major stride in having your home ready for all those guests coming over. 

It will also give you the chance to wander around the house and put yourself in their shoes and make notes on things that can be improved. 

Give yourself more time to clean and organize everything, you’ll thank yourself later. 

Use the Right Products

While using an all-purpose cleaner can be great for saving you time, it can also come with a price. 

Surfaces like leather, wood, and even stone should have their own designated products to ensure they have a long-lasting life and less damage done to them. 

Kitchen

Check the Condition of Your Cooking Materials and Surfaces

Taking good care of your cooking surfaces not only makes cleanup easier, but it reduces the likelihood of stains appearing on those surfaces, so be sure to wipe down and condition any surfaces that will be used for cooking this year. It is also smart to check your cooking materials to be sure they are in good condition and can handle the workload of hosting the holidays. 

Empty the Fridge

Clean out your refrigerator to make sure you have enough space for the holiday treats. This means you have to throw out those old leftovers and condiments and get your refrigerator down to the essentials. Clean the shelves and wipe down bottles and jars before you place them back in. 

Wipe Down All Kitchen Appliances and Countertops

Fingerprints on the fridge can send people running as they make their way to the fridge. Take a second to wipe down all those fingerprints (and whatever else). Also, check on the countertops while you are in the habit of wiping things down. These can be popular gathering spots for crumbs and old spills that never got cleaned up, so be sure to find the best spray for your countertop and use it on a regular basis. 

Dining Room or Area

Keep your table wiped down after your meals, and get into the habit of washing your table linens. It would also be a wise idea to have coasters out for people to see so you can avoid beverage rings on glass and wood surfaces. 

Living Room

Spot Clean the Carpet

Be on the lookout for any stains and spots that appear on the carpet. Be careful though. If you are removing a stain from a slightly colored carpet, spot-cleaning can leave a reverse stain on the carpet. If this is the case, you may want to consider just getting the whole thing done ahead of time. 

Wipe Down Tables, Surfaces, and Other Items

Be sure to wipe down any tables or surfaces that you have in your living room space, as well as other miscellaneous items sitting on these tables and countertops that collect dust throughout the year

Bathroom

Clean the Shower Door

The solution you use to keep your windows looking cleaner can also be used to make the shower door look nice and clean without any buildup and soap scum hanging around. 

Shine Up the Mirrors

Use some glass cleaner to clean off the toothpaste splatter on you mirror so people can get a nice clean reflection when looking at themselves. 

Other Things to do

  • Stock up on clean hand towels for the bathrooms so they can be quickly replaced when they are overused and wet.
  • Place tissues and hand sanitizer inside of bathrooms for people to quickly sanitize.
  • Deep-clean the rest of the bathrooms as well as medicine cabinets (yes, people will be peaking).

Bedrooms

Make the Bed

Make the bed with fresh sheets and pillows, and make your guests feel truly welcome. This way they won’t be able to tell that you secretly want them to leave.  😉

Organize

To go the extra mile, give your guests water, magazines, and a few fresh towels for them to have if they desire. Go through the old magazines and newspapers and toss the ones that are old and uninteresting, and leave a few on the table if they want to do some late-night reading. 

Wash the Bed Linens

Be sure to wash the bed linens before the big rush and give them a thorough cleaning before the holiday rush takes over. Inventory your laundry supplies so you don’t run out of anything at this busy time of the year.

Entryway, Common Areas, and Floors

Entryway

To prevent dirt from spreading into your house, put doormats and throw rugs in entryways. It may also be a good idea to have some sort of boot tray, and a coat rack or basket for hats and gloves if they are needed. 

Dusting and Vacuuming

Be sure to vacuum your carpets and floors so the dust bunnies don’t crash the party. Take a duster to the window sills and frames, along with any other flat surface or corners around the house

Window Cleaning

Give your windows a nice clean look for guests to see through and remove any of the dust and fingerprints that were there before. 

Hopefully, this list helps you get everything in order and makes things a little less stressful.

If you need help with tasks such as window, carpet, or furniture cleaning, give ServiceMaster a call. We’re more than happy to help you get your home sparkling for this holiday season. 


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