What to do to prevent water damage.
The percentage of people that own the home they live in in the US is 62%. The moment one enters that enviable 62% homeowner statistic is not only a time for recognizing a great accomplishment, but also new responsibilities that were once left to a landlord. Routine maintenance of appliances, lawn care and plumbing are now resting upon someone else’s shoulders and neglect can lead to unwanted repairs and cost. Responsible homeowners that want to learn what to do to prevent water damage can benefit from this article.
While there are numerous reasons a home can develop water damage, there are typically 3 sources that unexpected water will intrude into the home. Knowing these three can help prevent water damage.
Appliance malfunctions such as a refrigerator ice maker supply line leak, a washing machine that sticks and overflows or a dish washer that suddenly loses its seal can easily create significant water damage.
Plumbing systems that fail are responsible for the most cases of water damage in a home. Water pipes can freeze and break in the winter or just burst on their own creating water damage. Tubs, toilets and sinks can clog and overflow and deluge many gallons of dirty water on hard surface floors and carpet.
Lawn care being neglected not only makes your neighbors wish you would be more consciences of your property but sometime can create circumstances for water damage. When overgrown lawn drapes itself around your air conditioner and it cannot breath the system can freeze up and cause water to condensate and drip in your home slowly making water damage. Keeping the length of your lawn manicured will help prevent water damage.
Maintenance of lawn, appliances and plumbing will not only improve the efficiency of important features of your home, but may also keep you from water damage. Here is a short to do list that can help prevent water damage when done as yearly maintenance.
Preventing water damage from appliances
Appliances should be evaluated every year and it only takes minutes. Starting with the dish washer when it is open check the rubber seal making sure it is smooth and has good contact when the door closes. If it is deformed or dented it has lost its integrity and should be replaced. Next open your sink cabinet and check the drain line of your dish washer that attaches to your garbage disposal. The line is attached with a clamp that should be tightened each year if it is lose.
Washing machine discharge line should be inspected to make sure they are secure during the discharge cycle. Plastic zip ties are a great way to add a little additional security to them so they don’t pop off and spray water all over and damage your property. If your washing machine drains into a laundry tub make sure it does not have clothes, lint or other drain clogging items that could cause it to overflow and invite unwanted water damage.
Refrigerators are also a great risk for water damage in the kitchen if you have a water supply line running to it for the ice maker. Yearly the refrigerator should be pulled out to inspect the water line. If the water line is copper and has a kink replace it. If it is nylon make sure it looks good and does not get trapped under the weight of the fridge. One way to almost eliminating the possibility of water damage from a refrigerator supply line is to replace it with a steel braided line.
Preventing water damage from plumbing systems.
Most homes in Michigan that experience water damage do so as a result of a plumbing issue. Sometimes however, these water damage emergencies can be avoided if routine maintenance is taken on a yearly basis. Starting with water supply lines to toilets and plumbing fixtures check the connections using a wrench to make sure they are not lose making sure to not over tighten. If these water supply lines are plastic it is recommended that they be replaced by steel braided water supply lines as these are almost indestructible.
Next check your sewer drain system by running the water at each sink while at the same time flushing each toilet. When this occurs you place a great demand on your drain system and it will backup if it is not working efficiently and a plumber can snake the system. Your hot water heater should be evaluated by looking at each fitting to be certain no evidence of water leaking is apparent. These steps can keep you from experiencing a flooded basement.
Preventing water damage related to lawn care.
Each year with the changes that can result from heavy rainfall and ground settling, you should walk around your property to make sure it has not become vulnerable to water damage.
Water often manifest in basements because low spots in the lawn around the perimeter of the home allows water to accumulate and enter in through cracks in walls and foundations. If you have a low sopot that allows water to congregate around the perimeter of your property than add a bit of top soil so the water naturally channels away from the home.
If your sewer drain system is old and made from clay as all old systems are it can be certain it has compromises and clogged walls from tree roots if you have a large tree on your property.
The worst type of water damage you can experience as a homeowner is the type that comes in from a sewer drain system as it is highly contaminated with germs, bacteria and viruses. Regularly having the sewer cleaned out by a reputable plumber can assure the system is functioning at its most optimal next time a heavy downpour happens and may spare you from a sewer backup.
While water damage cannot be completely eliminated by doing the necessary maintenance delineated in this article, you will greatly improve your chances of avoiding unwanted water damage by doing what is recommended.
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