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How to Avoid Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home
If you have lived in St. Petersburg for any length of time, you know that, like most of Florida, the humidity and hard water often lead to excess moisture or leaking pipes. In 2014, 79 percent of insurance claims made in Florida were from water damage. The best way to avoid water damage is to get ahead of it by understanding how to prevent it. In cases where you cannot stop the water, SERVPRO technicians are available to repair the damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Here are some prevention tips to keep water from causing harm to your home:
It is essential to know the location of your water main to prevent water damage in your St. Petersburg home. If you notice a leaky pipe or your dishwasher flooding your kitchen and cannot stop it at the source, knowing how to shut off the water main valve has the potential of saving you a great deal of damage. Typically, you will find your water main on an outside utility wall. After shutting off the valve, you can evaluate and fix the pipe, either on your own or by calling SERVPRO professionals.
If you have a leak, you should always investigate quickly. A small amount of water from an unknown source does not magically go away. The quicker you take care of a leak, the less damage. If you need help finding the moisture in your home, trained SERVPRO technicians can use state of the art moisture sensors. These sensors have probes that penetrate through surfaces to determine the location of moisture.
Periodically check around your home for leaks and standing water. It only takes a few minutes to check your kitchen, bathroom(s), and anywhere else that you have water fixtures. You may be able to catch a drip from a pipe and save yourself a giant headache due to water damage.
Running a dehumidifier in your home may help to prevent mold infestations. Florida's humid climate tends to create excess moisture in the home, often above the 60 percent range. This excess moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for microbes, which can lead to full mold infestations. Using a dehumidifier will bring the moisture level down in your home and help prevent microbes and other bacteria from growing.
If you need assistance for water leaks or any other type of water damage, big or small, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We are available to help 24/7.
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