Water damage can be caused by broken, clogged and leaky pipes, floods and heavy storms. Flood damage results in costly repairs and cause stress.
Luckily, water damage is something that can be prevented. Your home has to be well-protected both inside and outside. Here are some tips for minimizing water damage to your house by performing a few checks and preventive measures.
Prevent Standing Water in Pipes
When standing water freezes in pipes, it creates ice blocks that no only affect water flow but can also cause your pipes to bust. When this happens, your floors, walls and your foundation will be damaged and most likely need to be repaired. You can prevent this from happening by draining any water from pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures that contain standing water.
Check All Water Appliances for Leaks Regularly
It’s incredibly important to check all water appliances like a boiler, a washing machine, a water heater, pumps as well as a dishwasher on a regular basis. All appliances that use water need to be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions. This will help you avoid leaks that cause water damage.
It’s worth noting that flooding, as well as loss of water, often happens due to leaky machine hoses. That’s why it’s so important to maintain these appliances and replace warn hoses when the need arises.
Don’t allow water leaks to go unnoticed by using a water detection device. These types of devices will notify you about water leaks in advance, so you’ll be able to take all the necessary actions, preventing extensive water damage.
Test Your Home’s Water Pressure
If water pressure in your home’s water system is high, your pipes can fail and result in water damage. Normally, a home’s water pressure ranges between 40 and 70 psi.
If the pressure of water in your pipes exceeds 100 psi, it’s time to take measures to protect your home from possible water damage. You need to check the water pressure in your home regularly to prevent water damage from happening.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning gutters plays an important role in preventing water damage to your house. Cleaning gutters helps get rid of standing water, blockage and ice dams. All of this may cause damage to roofs, gutters and foundation. It’s recommended to check and clean your gutters at least 2 times per year.
Remove Trees and Shrubs near Utility Pipes
We all know that trees and shrubs produce oxygen, improve air quality, add beauty and value to your property. On the other hand, trees as well as shrubs can break pipes and cause water damage to your home. Properly maintain by either removing, cutting or minimizing the number of trees and shrubs found near your home’s utility.