01 Aug Protecting Your Home Against Water Damage
Tuning out a dripping faucet can have serious consequences on your home. If ignored, small water leaks in your kitchen or bathroom can lead to mold growth or even structural damage. However, there are a variety of simple steps you can take to prevent water damage in the inside of your home.
If you have experienced water damage inside your home, it may be helpful to hire a professional in water damage cleaning. In addition to regularly-scheduled maid services, our team at Smart Choice Cleaning provides cleanings for tile, carpets, rugs, upholstery and more. With over a decade of experience serving residents and businesses throughout Northern Virginia, our staff has the expertise to handle your cleaning needs, including water damage restoration.
Here are some suggestions for protecting your home against water damage.
Check Faucets & Sinks
While cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms, take a moment to check the faucets and sinks for any indication of leaks. Don’t forget to inspect under the cabinet as well for any water stains. To prevent any minor leaks from getting worse, use waterproof silicone caulking to seal the edge of the faucet or sink.
Inspect Showers, Tubs & Toilets
Due to constant exposure to water, showers, tubs, and toilets should be routinely checked for leaks. The tile grout and caulking around the tub or shower can deteriorate and break off over time, so it’s important to regularly keep an eye on their condition. Repair grout lines and caulk when necessary to prevent water seeping between the tile and damaging the subfloor.
Use a Drain Snake Instead of Chemical Cleaner
Clogs in your shower or tub are inevitable and a common solution is to use a strong chemical drain cleaner to clear the clog. However, these cleaners are abrasive and can eat away at your pipes over time and make them vulnerable to leaks. As an alternative, consider using a drain snake, which is affordable and reusable to get the water flowing again.
Avoid Pouring Grease Down the Sink
While cleaning dishes in the kitchen, avoid pouring cooking grease, either hot or cold, down the sink. Grease is prone to congealing and clinging to pipes, which causes severe damage and inhibits water flow. Instead, dispose of the grease in an empty can or foil to let cool. Then, dispose of it in the trash.
Smart Choice Cleaning: Water Damage Cleaning in Northern Virginia
Leaks can pose a threat to the safety of your home due to mold growth and structural damage when left unchecked. Fortunately, Smart Choice Cleaning provides top-quality water damage cleaning services using the best methods and equipment to restore the areas of your home affected by water damage. With over 15 years of experience in residential and commercial cleaning, our highly-certified staff is here to meet your cleaning needs, whether you are in need of specialized services or routine cleaning.
Contact us today at (703) 455-1440 to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment!