Water damage can devastate a home with the loss of valuables and costly repairs. By using these five ways to avoid water damage to your home, you will save lots of time and money.
How to avoid water damage
Check the weather
Freezing weather can cause serious damage to pipes, both inside and outside your home. Even when the tap is off, water remains in the pipes and can freeze and burst. When the temperature is forecasted for below freezing for a period, it is a good idea to insulate the pipes as best you can. Pipes that run above ground can be wrapped, especially at the point where they enter the house.
Avoid planting trees and shrubs near water pipes
Trees and shrubs can damage water lines as the roots grow into and around the water pipes. If at all possible, avoid planting this type of vegetation near the water source. It is fine to plant flowers and other plants with limited root growth but stay away from the trees.
Routinely check for leaks
Though it may not seem necessary, it is important to routinely check for leaks. Check under sinks, behind the toilet, at the washer and water heater, wherever there is a possibility of water leaking inside the house. If you feel the list bit of dampness around the joint or see water on the floor, take action immediately.
Keep gutters cleaned out
Roof leaks are the worst! Homeowners can go for a long time without realizing there is a problem. By the time it is discovered a simple loose shingle has become damaged sheeting and joists. Keeping the gutters cleaned and free of debris is the easiest way to maintain the roof. Heavy gutters pull on the roof structure and eventually pull away from the building, leaving a mess that will have to be repaired.
Replace hoses before they leak
We often defer needed maintenance to get the very last use of an item that in our mind costs a lot. Washer hoses and feed lines are an example of this. Every couple of months, take a look at the hoses and feed lines. If they begin to look worn or if there is any hint of dampness at the joints, take steps to replace them immediately. Putting this off just makes for bigger cost later.
Monitor your water usage
Your water bill is an excellent way to tell if there are any leaks on your property. If you usually use 7 units of water and suddenly you are using 15, you should begin making inquiries. Do you have a leak on your side or is there a problem with the water company?