There are times when we need water in the home, such as to wash clothes and dishes, drink and bathe. What we don’t want is water on the floors, particularly in the case of floods. Nor do we want to deal with leaks, which are not only annoying, but costly and a waste of water.
Water damage can be costly. Walls and floors can be ruined, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage to a home – if the home can be repaired. Keep your home dry and your wallet fatter by following these tips to prevent water damage.
Many forms of water damage come from appliances, since they often connect to sources of water. Water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators all have hoses that can be become brittle or damaged. Water heaters are especially prone to slow leaks and they tend to cause the most damage since they are usually up against walls. They can also cause floors to rot and the appliance to rust. Your best bet is to buy a drip pan – they can be purchased for about $10 – and place it under the water heater. You could save thousands of dollars in water damage just by using this simple device.
Check for moisture around the other appliances as well and replace hoses as needed. If connections are loose, tighten them so they are not prone to leaks. If your appliances are old, it may be wise to buy new ones as they are often more energy efficient, which can save you money in the long run.
Fix Leaks Promptly
If you notice a dripping faucet, fix it immediately. It can cause pools of water to form around and under sinks, causing damage to bathroom walls or floors. Leaks can also rear their ugly heads underneath sinks, so inspect these areas on a regular basis.
Leaks can also occur around toilets. Make sure they are sealed tightly. It’s also a good idea to check inside the toilet tank to ensure everything is working properly. If the toilet is constantly running, it could cause water damage or at the very least a high water bill.You should also flush the toilet and see how quickly it refills. If it takes a long time, there could be a clog. Clogs can be prevented by avoiding flushing large objects.
Keep toilets, sinks and gutters free of debris. If toilets and sinks get clogged, they can overflow and cause water to run throughout the bathroom and into the home. Gutters can easily become clogged with leaves, which can create overflowing water. This overflow can cause pools of water to form around the foundation of your home.
Prevent his situation by inspecting gutters often. Better yet, install leaf guards to prevent leaves from getting into the gutters. Also, make sure downspouts don’t make the problem worse. Make sure it allows the water to flow away from the house.
Keep Pipes from Bursting
In Canada, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to dip below freezing in the winter. When this happens, water pipes can burst. As you can imagine, this can cause much damage to a home. That’s why it’s important to be prepared when wintertime rolls around.
Protect your home by insulating pipes, particularly ones that are exposed, as they are more likely to freeze and burst. Heat cables and heat tape are also good choices for keeping your pipes warm. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully so you don’t cause further damage.
When inspecting pipes, look for any gaps that can cause cold air to enter the pipe. If you see any, fill them immediately. Air can get into these openings and cause the pipes to freeze.
Although nobody likes a leaky faucet, it is sometimes a good idea to allow faucets to drip a little in the winter. This keeps the water flowing, which prevents pipes from freezing up and pipe bursting.
Some trees, such as maples, have long roots that can block pipes and cause water to back up in the home. These root systems are so extensive that they can cause damage to pipes that are 20 feet away. To prevent this, plant trees further away from the home. If damage is caused by existing trees, you may need to remove them altogether.
By following these tips, you can keep your home safe in the winter – and other times of the year – while preventing costly water damage.
Jonathan Baker is a businessman based in Ontario. Being a businessman he gets to travel a lot and he likes to share his travel experiences with others through blogging. Jonathan also writes about business and finance management. He can be followed on twitter at https://twitter.com/Jonatha97039368. In this he has given us some tips on saving money by properly maintaining our pipe line systems.