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Help Prevent Water Damage With Basic Routine Maintenance

As a homeowner, there are some basic and easy things you can do to help prevent water damage to your home. Water damage restoration is an expensive and involved process, and can cause a tremendous amount of stress for a homeowner and their family. At Royal Restoration, we're a family owned company and we really do care about our friends and neighbors. While we are here to help you if you experience water damage, we would rather you not need our water damage restoration services at all! So here are some tips to help you prevent water damage and hopefully only need our other services to keep your home safe, fresh and clean.

The primary sources of most water damage are burst pipes, appliance failure, roof leaks and sump pump failures. Maintaining these elements of your home can go a long way to helping prevent water damage and find and fix potential sources of water damage before it becomes a disaster.

Appliance failures including water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines are a significant source of water damage claims each year. Having appliances professionally installed and maintained can help prevent water damage by heading potential problems off at the pass. Using appliances as recommended and following all recommended manufacturers' guidelines can ensure that hoses, pipes and drains function as designed, keeping your home dry and free of flooding. For example, draining your water heater a couple times a year to prevent sediment build up can be a good idea, and is recommended by some manufacturers to help prevent water damage from a faulty water heater tank.

Roof leaks are another source of significant water damage. Having your roof inspected by a professional, and having any weak spots or broken or damaged areas repaired immediately will save you a tremendous amount of money and stress by preventing a more costly water damage restoration bill on top of roof repair expenses. Additionally, cleaning gutters can prevent water from pooling on the edges of your roof, and massive accumulation of water near the foundation of your home. Water CAN seep into basements and crawlspaces, creating flooding conditions that your sump pump may not be able to handle. Taking care of your roof and gutters is an important way to help prevent potential water damage to your home.

Prevent freezing pipes by keeping water dripping when temperatures drop. Also, using insulation on exposed pipes, keeping cabinet doors open so indoor heated air can help keep pipes freezing are also good ideas to prevent frozen pipes. Burst frozen pipes are typically covered by a homeowners' policy, however, the insurance agency can claim that the homeowner is responsible if they determine you did not maintain the heat in the home enough to prevent the burst frozen pipe. Therefore, it's important to do everything you can to prevent frozen pipes and the resulting water damage.

We hope you never need our water damage restoration services, and these simple steps to maintain your home are a good way to help prevent water damage. But if you should experience water damage in your home, contact David right away. He has the experience, training, equipment, and reputation you can trust to help you get through the process and restore your home to pre-flood conditions. David is referred and recommended by insurance agents throughout Enid, Lahoma, Garfield County and surrounding communities. Contact David for help with water damage restoration today.

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