Water damage can be a very serious,
annoying issue for any homeowner. First of all, the expenses to get everything under control can be rather significant. The walls, the foundations, the electronics it destroyed. Furthermore, if it’s serious enough, it can short circuit your appliances, making it a very serious safety risk. And of course, you may have some valuables of a sentimental nature that you would rather not lose. For this reason, we have taken the liberty of writing up a couple of tips on how to avoid the occurrence of water damage on your property. Read on to find out how.
Practice due diligence
The first and most important aspect of avoiding water damage is to simply be thorough. Regularly inspect the most at-risk places. This means checking your roof for cracks. Inspects its tiling and its foundation. Check on your pipes as well, especially pipe joints. Work on your washing machine and your dishwasher.
Essentially, anything that can come in contact with water, either via rainfall (and snow) or through its practical usage (i.e. the dishwasher and washing machines). There may also be water deposits bellow your bathtub, which can cause serious issues if it’s located anywhere but at your ground floor.
Set up a system, have a couple of days every year dedicated to checking on the things like these. For example, examine your roof and pipes every six months. Your appliances should be checked on basically every time you use it. The former shouldn’t take more than an hour, the latter no more than a minute.
Strengthen your home.
Invest in your home, upgrade it. Replace old pipes and cracked foundations, try to fix it up as much as possible. This may be a substantial investment at first, but the potential future leaks and problems you may have can cost you much more. Any weak spot in your home can lead to water build-ups and water damage. Hire professional cement renderers do fix up your house’s façade, get a good roofer to replace your tiles, employ a plumber to fix up your pipes…
Be smart about the landscaping near your home. Large bushes and trees are beautiful, but their roots go deep into the ground, they can interfere with your piping. This may of course not be noticeable at first, but over time these can connect and destroy your house’s infrastructure. It’s best if you plant these afar away from your home, and got some nice plants, and perhaps a vegetable garden, near your house. Or, figure out what kind of vegetation you can plant near your house, and what kind of vegetation you should avoid.
Keep an eye on your water
Your water bill and your water pressure can tell you a lot about the security of your home. Namely. If you have noticed that your water usage has seen a significant increase in the last month or two, you can be pretty sure that there is a leak somewhere.
On that note, very high water pressure can damage your pipes over time. Either hire a plumber to take a look, or buy a water pressure gauge, which you can get at practically any hardware store. A standard water pressure level is somewhere between 40 and 70 psi. Anything higher than 90, however, is asking for trouble. Get a regulator, or hire a plumber to help you out.
Don’t neglect your gutters
We know it’s not the cleanest and most fun activity you can think of, but you need to regularly clean out your gutters, especially after heavy storms. Do this as often as you can, every couple of months or so. If you don’t, blockages can build up, leading to leakage, which will then lead to water damage. Furthermore, during a cold snap, all the debris can freeze up and cause even more damage. If you simply lack the time, or if your gutters are difficult to reach and clean, you should hire professionals to do it.
Water damage is a nightmare for any homeowner, and doing all you can to prevent it will save you from a lot of hardship in the future. Remember to stay thorough, to inspect everything properly. Clean out your gutters, check on your pipes, fix up your home as soon as you are able, and think about the landscaping on your property.