Kitchen water damage

Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of the home, and it could easily succumb to water damage when ill maintained. (Photo Credits)

For most households, the kitchen is probably one of the busiest areas, and since it has too much foot traffic it could be subject to more wear and tear damage. One of the usual issues in the kitchen is water damage. And while there is a water damage that cannot be avoided such as weather related flooding that may inundate a home, there are certain types of water damage that can be avoided. Read more here           

Third-party Service Ratings website Angie’s List came up with tips on avoiding water damage in the home, and a good chunk of the tips applies well to kitchens. In their article they underscored that maintenance is important as insurance will not cover damages that are because of failure of the owner to properly maintain his home or negligence.

“Know the location of your water main, and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes in to the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home while you’re away. Check appliances regularly: Check and maintain your home appliances regularly for leaks, according to manufacturer’s directions. Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly: If you opt to ignore moisture damage or postpone making the necessary repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.”

Check out the rest of the tips here.

Kitchen cabinets

Another part of the kitchen that is prone to wear and tear are kitchen cabinets particularly the one that is under the kitchen sink. Today’s Homeowner mentioned some tips on how to avoid water damage in the said area. Their main advice: use vinyl tiles to make the area waterproof.

“Theoretically, the inside of a sink cabinet shouldn’t be getting wet, but in the real world that’s just not the case. Too often there’s a leak, either from the trap or the faucet, and if water sits on the floor, it will eventually rot it out. So here’s a way to prevent that. Buy some vinyl tiles. They’re only about a buck apiece and they’ve got a peel and stick adhesive on the back. Remove the paper backing, peel it off, and it’s a simple installation, as simple as just pressing it down.”

Check out their video instructional here.

Call in the pros

Insurance Blog, The AA has mentioned that one of the best ways to avoid water damage in the home or kitchen is to call in the pros as soon as a leak or a plumbing issue is detected. This is because water can cause molds and rotting in as little as less than 48 hours.

“Once you have detected the site of the leak call for a plumber without delay. And depending on the severity of the water damage to your home you should call upon the services of a water damage restoration company. It’s important to remember that the secondary effects of the flood such as mould growth, corrosion and structural deterioration can be potentially more significant than the initial damage itself. A quick reaction time will help to curtail the amount of damage done and the cost to restore your home.”

Read more here.

Kitchen water damage can be prevented with careful maintenance from the homeowner.