As a homeowner in Pittsburgh, you may need water damage services for a number of different reasons. At G.S. Jones Restoration and Consulting, we have a skilled team of water damage technicians who have been helping resolve water damage issues for homeowners all over Pittsburgh, so we know a thing or two about common causes of water damage. Here are just a few of the main things in your home that could cause water damage and leave you in need of water damage services:
Washing machines use 30 gallons of water, on average, per load. Because of all the water running in and out of the washing machine, it is a common source of water damage in homes. The water supply hoses can spring leaks, and the connections can loosen resulting in water all over your laundry room. The water hoses should be checked regularly and routinely to ensure that the connections are secure, and that there are no leaks in the hoses. To prevent the washing machine from flooding, do not overfill the tub, avoid using too much detergent, and be sure that you are using the right detergent for your machine. Keep your eye on the hoses, and replace them at least every 5 years. If you notice your washing machine leaking water, shut off the water supply to it and call to get it serviced before using it again.
Like the washing machine, the dishwasher is another common appliance that has water running to and from it. Most wash cycles use around 6 gallons of water, so even though it does not use as much water as the washing machine, it can still cause some serious damage if it malfunctions. Using too much dish soap or a clog in the kitchen drain are some of the things that can cause the dishwasher to leak and cause water damage in your home. Be sure to clean out your dishwasher regularly to avoid clogs and make sure that you are not overfilling the dishwasher. Check the water hoses regularly for any signs of leaks, and get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible if you notice any leaks in, around, or under your sink or dishwasher.
As a staple in our homes during the summer, our AC units need regular and routine maintenance to prevent them from leaking water and causing water damage. Air conditioners remove moisture from the air to achieve cooler temperature and if not properly drained, or if blocked or clogged, that moisture will leak out. Most people never suspect their AC units as the source of water damage, so leaks can go unnoticed or unattended for prolonged periods of time. Check your air conditioner at least once, if not twice, each year to be sure that it is functioning correctly and to prevent it from causing water damage in your home.
While all of these appliances make our lives easier and more convenient, they can leave you in need of water damage services if not regulated and maintained. The good news is G.S. Jones offers water damage services from any source, whether it be your washing machine, a storm, or a sewage back up. We are ready and equipped to resolve your water damage issues no matter what the cause. So when you find yourself in need of water damage services, call G. S. Jones.