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Tips for preventing a water loss

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing a Water Loss

  • While SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help at a moment’s notice if a water disaster strikes, it is still important to know what you can do to prevent a water loss from happening in your home.

Finding Hidden Leaks

  • Turn off faucets and appliances that may be using water, and do not flush toilets for one hour. Check your water meter reading. Take note of If the flow indicator is spinning or if the meter reading changes while no water is being used. If it does, you may have a leak!


  • Look for evidence of leaks such as discolored or warped flooring as well as damaged cabinets near the fridge, sink, and dishwasher. Keep an eye out for a wet spot underneath the fridge, as this may indicate a crimped ice-maker line about to burst. It is also important to regularly check pipes and hose attachments for small leaks that can cause BIG damage over time.


  • It is important to replace the deteriorated caulk and grout in your showers or bathtubs. Cracks in these sealants will allow water to seep through causing stains and unsafe mold or mildew conditions.  Also be wary of potential toilet clogs caused by too much toilet paper or items such as hanging toilet deodorants.

Basement/Laundry Room/Utility Room

  • It is essential to be on top of your washing machine maintenance. Make sure to replace the hose at least every 4 years and allow 4 inches of space between the water connection and the back of the washing machine to prevent kinking.  Your water heater also has potential to be the source of a major water disaster.  Keep an eye out for wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank, as this can indicate a leak.  You should also make sure to replace your water heater every 8-12 years.

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