In Las Vegas indoor water damage is more common then you might think. Not by flash floods from heavy rains but from indoor pluming issues. Indoor flooding can happen for a number of reasons and sometimes it’s inevitable. But, for the most part, mishaps can be avoided by regularly maintaining your home’s plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Common causes of indoor flooding:
- Broken pipes
- Malfunctioning dishwashers
- Leaking washing machines
- Frozen pipes
- Broken or backed-up toilets and sinks
- Burst appliance hoses
- Clogged sewer drain
- Burst water heater
Luckily, most of these problems can be prevented.
- Never ignore a leaking pipe. Inspect that all pipes are in good condition, free of holes and that all fittings are snug.
- By replacing your washing machine hose every three to five years, you will reduce the odds of it bursting and flooding your home. You’d be surprised how much water can pour out of a hose in a small amount of time.
- Swap out your rubber dishwasher hose for a steel-braided one; they are much more durable and cost around $20.
- Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Even though some products are labeled as flushable, it doesn’t mean they are. Things like paper towels, facial tissues, wipes, and feminine hygiene products all contribute to clogging your sewer drain.
- Use your garbage disposal wisely. Do not discard large amounts of food down the disposal and never pour cooking oil or fat down the drain. By doing so, you’re potentially creating a clog in your sewer drain which can cause sewage to back-up into your home.
- Blanket exposed pipes that are outside of your home. This helps to prevent the cold air from freezing the water inside the pipes.
- Flooding can cause a lot of damage, especially when you’re not home to get it under control. Don’t run your washing machine or dishwasher unless you’re home. You wouldn’t want to come back to a flooded house.
- Know where the water shutoff valves are in your home as well as where the main shutoff valve is. This can come in handy if a pipe were to break or your toilet started to overflow.
Unfortunately, disasters still happen. That’s why it’s important to have homeowner’s insurance and a policy that covers flood damage. Repairing your home after a flood can be costly. Having a policy set in place is going to protect you from paying thousands of dollars out of pocket. As soon as a flood happens, don’t hesitate to call a flood restoration company; the sooner, the better. The longer you allow water to stand in your home, the more damage you’re going to encounter. The next step to take is starting a claim with your insurance company. Once your claim is started, Absolute Flood Response will work with your claim adjuster so you don’t have to.
As you have learned, a broken water line in your home can be a big problem, but when a sewage line gets backed up or breaks, flooding your home, it comes with a lot of additional immediate hazards. Sewage is full of bacteria that are extremely dangerous to your health and it’s important that you call Absolute Flood Response as soon as it happens. It’s essential that the remediation process is started as soon as possible. No matter what time of day, Absolute Flood Response is there to help you. In sixty minutes or less, they will be at your door ready to reverse the damage.
Don’t let standing water ruin your home and turn your life upside down. Do what you can to prevent flooding but in case it does happen, know that the professionals at Absolute Flood Response are there to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.