It’s easy to forget that water damage can happen anytime during the year. Being aware of the most common causes of water damage in the summer and taking preventative steps will give you the best shot at keeping your home safe and avoiding costly repairs.
- Summer is typically the busiest time of year for water consumption. Pools, lawns, gardens, and other outdoor activities rely on home irrigation systems to work properly. While they are important, it is good to know what risks they may pose. Always point sprinklers away from the home. Take time to walk around your property and take notice of any large puddles or pooling water. Pooling water too close to the home can lead to foundation issues or a flooded basement.
- Pipes should be inspected yearly for any signs of leaks. If a leak is detected be sure to turn off the water supply. You may need to call a professional to look at the damages and give you an assessment with what repairs need to be made.
- Sprinkler heads should be examined every year. Check for breaks and make repairs or replacements as needed.
- Yearly A/C Maintenance is always a good idea. Summer heat means heavy use and keeping your unit in good shape is the best way to avoid problems. When in use, you’ll see condensation in the A/C drip pan. More heat means more condensation. A clog in the condensation line can cause a rapid overflow in the drip pan every time the unit is on. Check the drip pan weekly. When the A/C is on the pan will be wet. If you start to notice standing water, there may be a problem. You’ll want to turn off your unit and call an HVAC technician immediately.
- Window units also need maintenance to prevent condensation buildup. Be sure the water drainage pipe is aimed outside the window. Drain lines need to be inspected and cleaned every year to ensure water is flowing freely and that there are no leaks.
- During the summer months, pipes are doing overtime with garden hoses and sprinkler systems in heavy use. Pay close attention to water lines and try to limit using water excessively. You can also alleviate too much pressure on pipes by offsetting dishwasher and washing machine times with when you run your sprinklers.
- Guests and fun are all part of the season. That also means a lot of bathroom and possible garbage disposal use. Try to plan accordingly by running sprinklers, dishwashers, and washing machines before or after having guests.
- With time, pipes will wear and tear. In addition, changes in temperature from extreme cold to extreme hot can cause soil to move and pipes to shift. Older pipes and those with rust will have a greater vulnerability to cracks and breaking. If you suspect your pipes are worn out, be sure to have them inspected to avoid water damage.
- Toilets are one of the most common clog problems. Do not treat your toilets like a garbage can. Only flush toilet paper down the toilet. Avoid all feminine hygiene products, paper towels, moist towelettes, toys, cotton balls, etc. Keep a watchful eye out for children around toilets.
- Buildup in pipes can also cause plumbing problems. Be smart about what you put down the disposal. Use cold water and, try to avoid things that are overly stringy or sticky from going down the drain.
- If you have a basement, sump pumps are a great defense against mold, flooding, and other types of water damage. Be sure your sump pump is installed correctly and working properly. It is also vital that you do routine maintenance on it to ensure it is doing its job.
- You should also consider purchasing a secondary back-up pump with a backup power source. These are great to have in the event of the power going out or if your current pump fails.
- Pay attention to signs that your pump is reaching the end of its use. Replace your pump before it fails.
Water damage doesn’t take a vacation. Luckily, most causes of summer water damage can be prevented. Taking steps now will be the best way to keep your home dry and safe.
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