Would have. Should have. Could have. When it comes to water damage you don’t want to be left with a devastating and expensive mess, especially when you could have taken action to prevent it. Most home maintenance tasks that prevent water damage are easy and only take a little bit of your time. Giving a little effort now to check some things off a list may mean fewer headaches and heartaches in the future.
- Clear leaves and debris from your gutters. Check for damages and make repairs where needed. Add a splash block or extender to divert water away from the home.
- Adjust lawn sprinklers to avoid water on the house. Wet wood can cause rot or attract bugs.
- Check outdoor faucets and hoses for damage. Replace them if needed.
- Do a perimeter walk around your property to check for tree and plant root growth that may be affecting piping and sewage lines. Look over any exposed pipes for wear and tear. If there is heavy damage replace as soon as possible.
- Water heaters should be checked annually and have maintenance done every three years by a professional. Look for any signs of corrosion, leaks, or a tank that bulges.
- Use the bathroom fan or open a window anytime the shower is in use to prevent mold and mildew due to condensation.
- Check the attic for any signs of leaks or water damage.
- Look under sinks for signs of leaks including cracked or warped flooring. Check for condensation or corrosion up around pipes. Replace rubber pipes with steel-braided lines for added security.
- If there is a faucet leak check the washers and gaskets and replace if necessary. If there is a continued problem, then the whole faucet may need to be replaced.
- Washing machines are one of the biggest culprits for water damage because hoses are always running. Check all hoses for any signs of breakage or leaks. Replace rubber hoses with steel-braided ones for added protection.
- Your garbage disposal should be checked periodically. Look under the sink for any signs of leaks. Water may seep into cabinets and flooring and will often smell foul. Repairs should be done immediately to avoid mold.
Know How to Shut it Down
- When you are experiencing drips, leaks, or burst pipes you will need to know how to turn off the water in your home. Know how to locate the main water valve along with water shutoff valves for all toilets, sinks faucets, and appliances including washing machines and refrigerators. It is also recommended that a wrench is kept near these shutoffs.
- With some water emergencies, it will become necessary to turn off the electrical power for safety purposes. Know where your main electrical fuse/break box is located. Only turn off the power if it is safe to do so. If there are concerns, wait until professionals arrive.
When it comes to water damage, prevention is key. Being observant and taking the time to do some regular home maintenance can save you from the devastating losses that can occur with a water emergency. Start checking off your list today.
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