Keeping your home dry and free from water damage and leaks is incredibly important. Water can bend and warp wood, create hazardous mold and mildew and deteriorate materials. Most people know that frozen pipes during the winter can be a major headache and costly problem if you don’t take preventative action but are you aware of other lurking water dangers? We’ve curated a list of top threat and actions to take to protect your house from the perils of water damage.
Washing machine hoses
The most common type of water damage with a washing machine is a blown washing machine hose. Overuse and age are two common factors that can contribute to a blown washing machine hose. Given these hoses can carry a large amount of water, a burst hose can mean serious water damage to your house. Make sure you regularly inspect your washing machine hoses for fatigue and avoid filling your washing machine with loads larger than recommended by the manufacturer.
Most everyone has experienced an overflowing toilet. Hopefully an overflowing toilet is a random occurrence and not a regular event. If an overflowing toilet happens often it most likely indicates a clog. Most often a clogged toilet can be fixed by simply turning off the water source at the base of the toilet and using a plunger to remove the blockage. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to turn off the water at the toilet to avoid unnecessary water spillage in the event of a clogged toilet. Routine maintenance and inspections of your toilets 2 to 3 times per year can ensure a properly functioning toilet.
Exterior water drainage
Water drainage off your roof and through downspouts can help prevent costly damage to your foundation, basement and your yard. The simplest ways to ensure proper drainage is simply to clean your gutters and extend your downspouts away from your house. Gutter cleaning during the fall and winter are especially important as leaves fall and clog the gutters and drains. Extend downspouts 5 to 10 feet away from your house to ensure adequate drainage.
Test your submersible sump pump
Your “sub” or sump pump helps protect your house and foundation during times of heavy rain and storms by pumping accumulated water out and away from your home’s sump basin. Given sump pumps work in a time of need, it’s important to ensure it is functioning properly ahead of major storms. To test, slowly fill water into the sump pump hole and wait for the float to rise (similar to a toilet system), if your float doesn’t trigger the sump pump, you have an problem and you should contact a local plumber to help fix the issue.
Find and repair water leaks
Water can leak from virtually anywhere in your house. The roof, the shower, the water pipes throughout your house can all be sources of water leakage within the home. It is important to find leaks early to prevent from rotting, mold and mildew. Dark spots, bubbling or stains can be signs of a leaking pipe or roof. Flag anything out of the ordinary immediately and call a local handyman if you need help diagnosing the cause.