Every homeowner is terrified of water. It falls from the sky, bursts out of pipes, leaks out of machines. It’s everywhere. It constantly looms on the edge of destroying your home. Water damage is one of the biggest threats to the structure of any house. It can originate from almost anywhere. Many people think of it in terms of the hassle to repair, but there are several simple ways to prevent many of the most common forms of water damage.
When moisture sits in one place for a long time, it creates “secondary damage”. This warps wood, causes mold and mildew growth, and releases an unpleasant odor. The most common way that secondary damage can occur is through high levels of humidity. Humidity occurs naturally, even with no standing moisture. However, with proper knowledge, it is easy to avoid problems associated with it. If the humidity builds up when the air is stagnant, an effective deterrent is to circulate the air.
The simplest ways are to either leave your ceiling fan running or run the air conditioning at lower temperatures. This will keep the air throughout the house moving, preventing moisture buildup. Unfortunately, while effective, this will cause a significant increase in your electric bill. Dehumidifiers are effective, but only work in one room at a time.
The best solution is to invest in an air conditioning system with automatic humidity control. These high-tech systems can read humidity levels and automatically adjust runtime and cooling demand to keep your home at the proper moisture level. It is costly up front but will ultimately save you money and energy.
Many large appliances in your home either generate significant condensation or store large volumes of liquid. These machines cause some of the worst water damage. Most devices have no indicator to tell if they have a leak or a clogged drain, and will run until shut down manually. If you have ever gone on vacation and returned to find a giant hole in your ceiling, you are familiar with this issue. There is a simple solution to this problem.
Every machine that has a risk of leaking should have a drainage pan underneath it. Inside the drainage pan, there should be an overflow sensor. Overflow sensors were designed to sense when there is a danger of a machine’s water overflowing. The sensor will signal the machine to shut down, avoiding spilling the water into the home. The sensors will not allow the machine to turn back on until the levels in the drainage pan fall.
Water damage is a serious concern, but also a manageable one. By investing in modern technology, you can ensure that your home is protected by some of the most common occurrences.