Water Damage Prevention

Did you know that water damage is among the top 3 reasons that homeowners in Lawton, Oklahoma filed an insurance claim in 2015 (according to a handy little tool on Allstate.com)? Reduce the risk of incurring water damage in your home with these preventative tips.

Common Winter Issues

From our experience in water extraction services, the most common leak prone areas during the winter months are bathroom sinks, outside water faucets, hot water tanks, and attics with plumbing. Recommendations for water damage prevention:

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    Bathrooms – When the temperature falls below freezing, keep bathroom cabinet doors open and leave hot and cold faucets at a steady low stream. These tips are good for all faucets within your home.

  • Outside faucets – Protect outside faucets with an insulated cover. Try not to use outside faucets during the winter. This helps reduce the risk of frozen pipes. If you have a crawlspace under your home, be sure to close vents and ensure pipes are properly insulated during the winter.
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    Pipes in the attic are prone to freezing.

    Hot water tanks – The average life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years, dependent on many different factors. Tanks that are never drained tend to leak earlier. Click here for more tips from Lowe’s about when to replace a water heater.

  • Attic plumbing – Attic pipes are more prone to freeze. This can cause a major flood in your home. If your plumbing is in the attic, it needs to be properly insulated in order to prevent freezing and bursting.

When Prevention Does Not Work

So you tried to prevent water damage to your home but the elements had another idea? Sometimes the best preventative methods cannot stop a catastrophe from happening. If a flood occurs in your home or business, immediately call a professional cleaning company to perform proper water extraction services. Don’t try to clean up the water damage on your own; mold and bacteria can form in your carpets and walls within hours. Only professional cleaning equipment can safely and completely remove water damage in your home. A Team Carpet Clean offers 24/7 emergency water extraction services to residents and businesses of Comanche County in Oklahoma.

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Fall Cleaning Checklist

Preparing your home for the fall season doesn’t have to be such a chore. We made a fall cleaning checklist that is broken down into different areas of…let’s say motivation. You can start with the Basic Cleaning – these things absolutely should be done when cleaning your house. The Deep Cleaning and Traditional Extras are recommended for a thorough house cleaning for cosmetic and health related reasons. So turn on some music and get your clean on!

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Vacuum, mop, or steam clean floors regularly!

Basic Cleaning (remember to work from top to bottom)

  • Wipe down ceiling fans and lights
  • Dust tops of doors and door frames
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Dust corners, edges, and windowsills
  • Disinfect door knobs and switches
  • Oil wood furniture
  • Launder all bedding
  • Wash bathroom counters
  • Scrub bathtubs and showers
  • Disinfect kitchen counter
  • Clean appliances
  • Vacuum floors and edges
  • Mop floors and wash baseboards
  • Wash throw rugs
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Carpet cleaning will help rid your floors of dirt and allergens so you can breathe easier!

Deep Cleaning

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Having trouble cleaning out the garage? Have a garage sale!

Traditional Extras

  • Rotate and/or flip mattress
  • Repair holes in carpet
  • Clean out gutters
  • Switch out clothing
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean porch and/or patio
  • Yard clean-up
  • Clean outdoor lights
  • Wash window screens

We hope our fall cleaning checklist makes your house cleaning easier and faster. Please comment with any tips you would like to add to our list.

Happy Fall!

A Team Carpet Clean Lawton OK