Tips to reduce water damage!
Whether it was lack of attention or a freak accident, all homeowners at one point or another experience some type of water issue in their homes. And in many cases, the problems present themselves in subtle ways. Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has outlined the potential indicators of a problem and tips on how homeowners can solve them.
- PLUMBING SUPPLY SYSTEM FAILURE
- Some indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, and moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
- Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
- Consider installing water alarms or a whole-house automatic water shutoff system
- TOILET FAILURE
- After you flush, wait for the valve to finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, turn off the supply valve.
- Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line.
- Consider upgrading the toilet’s supply line to a sturdier braided steel hose.
- WATER HEATER FAILURE
- Check the life expectancy and warranty for the water heater and replace accordingly.
- Proper maintenance, such as flushing sediments and inspecting the heater’s anode rod, can increase life expectancy.
- Inspect valves to ensure proper operations and use ball valves in place of gate valves whenever possible.
- DRAIN SYSTEM FAILURE
- If the home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system – a particular problem for older homes – or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into the home’s sewer system.
- Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
- Never pour grease down the drain.
- WASHING MACHINE FAILURE
- One burst inlet hose, and your laundry room is flooded in a matter of minutes. Replace rubber hoses every three years and consider upgrading to sturdier braided steel hoses.
- When leaving the house for an extended period, turn off the hot and cold-water supply valve to reduce failure risks.