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Regular Appliance Maintenance Can Help Prevent Water Damage

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Septic tanks require regular maintenance. If yours should leak, call SERVPRO!

Certified SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped to Handle Damage to Your Home or Business

While California has been known more recently for their droughts and lack of rain, homes on the West Coast are still in danger of experiencing water damage from within the home. Did you know that the average home containing two bathrooms and three residents will produce over 85,000 gallons of wastewater every year?
Water removal in Westwood is often necessary due to internal pipe leaks, overflowing bathtubs, leaking toilets, and catastrophic pipe bursts. If you have suffered any of these water events, SERVPRO can help you with your water emergency and restore your home. First, consider some simple helpful tips so you can prevent such damage from devastating your home.
The Unusual Suspects
Your household appliances are often disregarded as threats against your home. However, household plumbing, septic tank damage, broken drain hoses, and other water events make up a large part of homeowner water damage claims. Neglecting these parts of your home can make these vital areas a ticking time bomb ready to devastate your home.
It is well worth it to prevent damage through maintenance. One of the most disregarded parts of a residence is the septic tank. Inspect yours at least once a year and have the septic tank pumped every three to five years. This crucial tank is essentially a living filter that separates all of the wastewater before it flows out into the drain field for final purification.
A septic tank leak is one of the most dreaded events a homeowner can face. However, this is nearly always preventable, if the proper maintenance is done. A septic tank is a large, watertight container beneath the land around your home. All of the wastewater from your shower, bath, laundry, kitchen, and toilets flow into this tank. Heavy solids inevitably settle to the bottom, where bacteria reduces them to gas and sludge. Lighter solids such as grease from your kitchen rise to the top as a layer of scum.
Septic Tanks: Prevention through Maintenance
One of the best ways to prevent disaster is to have your septic tank pumped by professionals every three to five years. There are cheap and effective ways to help along your septic tank between cleanings, from inside your home, too! Simply use a septic tank treatment as a preventative measure. All there is to this method is purchasing these extremely affordable water soluble sachets online or in-store and dropping one into your toilet and flushing it.
These bio-active septic tank treatments contain billions of bacteria and septic-specific enzymes per dose that help to prevent backups. Once flushed down the toilet, it makes its way to your septic tank, and the live bacteria dissolves away solids. Done once a month, this treatment can cost you around $25 a year and is readily available online and in the store. Simply commit to simple preventative measures, and you can save yourself much money, headache, and future damages in the long run.
Water removal inside your home is nearly always unexpected, but it does not have to be a nightmare. Contact SERVPRO of Westwood-West Beverly Hills at (310) 390-7540 if you have experienced a water emergency. We are available to take your call 24/7, with our day and night Emergency Services.

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