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There Are At Least 5 Ways To Help Prevent Water Damage To Your Nashville Home

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage There Are At Least 5 Ways To Help Prevent Water Damage To Your Nashville Home Water Damage in a Nashville Kitchen

Household Hints to Prevent Nashville Water Damage

Water damage in your Nashville home can happen because of a number of situations, such as flooding, storms, leaking pipes or faucets as well as leaks in the roof. Leaks in the basement can also cause this damage. Some of these can be prevented in many ways; others, there is not much you can do except to call the professionals for a quick recovery after it occurs.

A few of those ways to help prevent water damage surrounding your Nashville home are concerned with preventing water from entering, leaking or seeping into your house:

1. Water heaters have a definite life span, and that is about 10 – 12 years. By replacing yours when it gets close to this time, you are helping to prevent it from leaking or giving out in a way that can flood the surrounding area and any floor below it. A newer model can also be more efficient which can save you money in the long run.

2. You might also change the hoses on the water heater to steel or metal mesh ones. These hoses help prevent any freezing that can cause the breaking of a regular rubber hose. This also applies to the washing machine, and there are two hoses there, so twice as important.

3. Monitor all dishwashers and washing machines and never leave them running when you are away from the house. If they leak, they are going to leak. It is one thing to be there and get it mopped up quickly; It is entirely another thing to come back from a weekend away after the thing broke down on Friday, right after you left.  Mopping the water up will also prevent mold from forming.

4. The air conditioning systems that are in the attic or mounted on the roof can fail, and water can flow down through all levels of the house. Swamp coolers are relatively popular, and they use a lot of water. If they break down, the possibility of losing all of that water and the supply water is very real. This could generate many gallons of water, and no one can see it for a while if you are gone.

5. Check into the waterproofing you have on the exterior of your basement or crawlspace, under the soil that is there. If you do not have the appropriate protection, in this area, water can come seeping in easily. It can be a simple fix, although not without a certain amount of expense. It also can take a professional crew or, at least, a heavy equipment operator to do it properly. It requires the extraction of a lot of soil around the exterior wall and applying the appropriate time and effort to seal this relatively porous material against the water table, rising flood from the local stream or torrential rains.

6. BONUS: Check your roof for loose or missing shingles, flashing around the chimney or roof vents. Ensure all of those vents are facing the correct way based on predominate wind direction and set up with the perfect lips that help prevent rain from entering them.

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