Water damage is whereby your home and the objects within it are significantly damaged due to exposure to water. Water damage can be caused by many different issues like drains leaking, damaged or leaking water pipes, damaged showers and many more. Water damage claims can involve small amounts of damage to floors or extensive damage to home appliances. Here are 3 things you should do to manage potential water damage situations.
1: Water Leak Detection Investigation
Identifying a leak before it happens and before it causes any significant damage is one of the smartest and worthwhile investments you can make as a homeowner. Hiring experts to use top of the range equipment, technology and give their expert advice will allow you to identify and manage a water damage situation before it ever even happens. This investigation process will potentially save you big money in the long run so the smart thing to do is get one done immediately because a water problem could potentially be forming without your knowledge.
2: Get Help Managing An Insurance Claim
Firstly when getting a home you should always factor in water damage cover into your home and contents insurance package. When a potential water damage situation arises it is essential to get an experienced and efficient team of experts to deal with your water damage claim. After water damage, everybody wants to get their home back to the way it was before the damage as soon as possible, so ensuring a quick and responsive service to water damage claims is key. Getting help and assistance with an insurance company is important in order to ensure you are looked after properly.
3: Water Damage Protocol
It is important to be prepared for every type of situation that can arise. Due to climate change, different economic factors and home operating systems it is very difficult to determine when a flood or water crises might occur. Water damage can be devastating to your premises so as a premises owner it is important to have a water damage plan/protocol to look to for guidance to best manage the situation. Your water crisis plan should include…
- Creating a water damaged list of everything that has been affected
- Removing as much of the water you can, when it is safe to do so
- Turning off electricity to avoid serious danger, if it is safe to do so
- Call the professionals for advice, managing of the situation and repair of the damage
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As water freezes and becomes ice it expands, which puts a huge amount of pressure on the pipes in your home or business causing them to burst. Once that ice melts you’re left with a piping system that’s no longer fit for purpose and a huge water leak that can cause untold damage to your property. Avoid damaging water leaks during this cold snap, here are 3 tips to keep pipes from freezing and bursting.
1: Add Insulation Where Possible
Add insulation in every room possible. Some of the most common places that are neglected insulation-wise are attics, crawl spaces and basements. All of which will commonly have water pipes running through them. The better insulated they are, the easier it will be to maintain higher temperatures and keep those pipes from freezing, bursting and flooding your building.
2: Seal Cracks & Holes Near Pipes
Often where a water pipe goes through a wall and outside of your home or office, the whole that has been made to accommodate the pipe won’t be exactly flush. This means that even though the gaps between the wall and the pipe may be very small, they still exist and are constantly leaving warm air out and cold air into your property. Using a caulk gun, you should take care to seal up the holes and cracks around pipes on both the interior and exterior walls.
3: Close Off Water Supply To The Outdoors
Most homes around Ireland have taps and hoses outside in the garden. The pipes leading out to these have to face the coldest of temperatures and are by far the most likely to freeze and burst in sub-zero temperatures as they don’t get the benefit of indoor heating. You should detach and drain any outdoor hoses and put them into storage until the temperatures begin to rise again and close inside water valves that supply outdoor taps. Once this is done you should open the valves at all of the outdoor water supplies and leave them open so if any water remains in the system it will have room to expand without bursting your pipes.
If it’s already too late and you have a burst pipe that’s flooding your home, call Advance Maintenance Ltd on 021-486-6133 now.
If you’re ever unlucky enough to have to deal with flooding in your home, you have to be able to choose the right company to help you pick up the pieces and mitigate the damage. You will need a water damage repair company that has a wealth of experience dealing with insurance companies and that acts as fast as possible. But that’s not all, here are 2 more tips for choosing the best flood damage repair company.
24/7 Flood Damage Repair Services
If your home or business has the potential to be flooded, you need a flood damage repair company that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A lot of flood damage is caused at night time, if your chosen repair company closes at night they are putting your property at risk as they won’t be able to mitigate any damage until the morning. Having a water damage mitigation company that is always there for you when you need them most should be one of your top priorities.
Fully Licensed & Insured
To have the best chance of selecting the best flood damage repair company for your needs, make sure they are fully licensed and insured to carry out flood damage mitigation and repairs. If they aren’t licensed and insured then you should move on to the next candidate as it’s possible for them to do more harm than good.
There are very few things, if any, that can cause as much damage as water. Every second that goes by, without proper action being taken by a responsible and efficient flood damage repair company, significantly increases the risk of more damage to your property. When selecting the best company for your needs, remember to make sure they offer a 24/7 service 365 days a year and also ensure that they are fully licensed and insured to carry out all of the necessary repairs to get you back to your routine.
If you need a flood damage repair company, trust the experts at Advance Maintenance. Contact us today by visiting us online or by calling 021-486-6133.
With this year’s winter projected to be one of the coldest that we have ever experienced here in Ireland it’s more important than ever that you are prepared in order to avoid disasters like frozen pipes bursting. In this article I will be sharing 4 ways you can prevent frozen water pipes. These tips are especially essential if you are leaving your home unattended for any length of time over the winter months.
1: Insulate Your Pipes:
Keeping your water pipes insulated will help save them from the freezing conditions and give them the ability to endure freezing conditions for a little bit longer. However this will only stave off the cold for a limited amount of time, if the temperature falls below -2°C for more than four hours this won’t be enough to save them.
2: Don’t Turn Off Your Heating When You Are Away:
By this I don’t mean keep it on full blast day and night. Lower the temperature on your thermostat to as low as 10°C. This will prevent the temperature in your home from dropping dangerously low and into frozen pipe territory, while also not breaking the bank with the heating bill.
3: Keep Your Water Running:
I know what you’re thinking, you would be insane to leave your water running for a full week while you are on holidays, especially now that the water charges are in. However all that’s necessary is to keep faucets dripping at a slow rate, this prevents the water in the pipe from freezing as it isn’t kept in the ice cold pipe indefinitely.
4: Open Cabinet Doors
The final piece of advice that I will be giving you today is when you are away leave your cabinet doors open. Generally under the sink isn’t the best insulated place in the world so leaving the cabinet doors open allow the heat from your house make contact with your pipes and further reduce the risk of them flooding.
If your pipes do freeze and burst while you are away, call a professional. At AMLTD we have all the tools for the job, but hopefully it never comes to that. Good luck this winter and don’t let your pipes freeze.