Water damage can be one of the most costly and time consuming problems to have as a homeowner. If it’s left untreated it can cause severe structural damage, foundation damage, and can bring mold, mildew, and termites into the home. Water damage is a lot easier and cheaper to prevent than it is to fix, so here are five tips you can follow to catch the problem before it starts.
Find and Fix any Leaks Immediately
A slow or unaddressed water leak can cause many issues ranging from mold, mildew, dry rot, or structural damage. To help spot any potential leaks, look out for any drips from the faucets, check for dark spots near and under the pipes, and look for stains on the ceilings. Also, keep an eye on your water bill. If there is an unexpected increase in the amount due from month to month, you may have a leak in the home.
Regularly Check Appliances
All appliances should come with manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance, but if you have any older appliances, check them regularly for issues. Make sure all washing machine hoses are new and intact and at least once a year check the water heater, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and dishwashers for leaks or signs of corrosion.
Check Water Pressure in Pipes
Pipes can burst if they’re under too much pressure, so the water pressure should ideally be measured annually. You can call a plumber to do it, or do it yourself with a water pressure gauge. Simply attach the gauge to an outside faucet and turn the water all the way on. For most residential homes, the pressure should be between 40 to 80 psi. If it’s over 100 psi, you should install a pressure regulator.
Attention to water pressure is particularly important in the winter months because the cold weather can cause enough pressure to freeze and burst pipes. Before it gets too cold, make sure all swimming pool and sprinkler lines are drained, outside hoses are disconnected, and areas around exposed pipes are properly insulated.
Keep Outside Water Out
You need to have good drainage to avoid damage to your foundation. Make sure your gutters are clear and water can flow freely away from the house. Water should be dispensed at least 5 to 10 feet away from the home. If it’s left to drip down, the heavy water flow can damage the siding and foundation of the house.
Test Your Sump Pump
If you have a basement, make sure your sump pump is working correctly in case of a storm. Pumps should be tested at least once a year. All you have to do is run enough water through the pump to raise the float until the pump kicks on and make sure the water gets pumped out of the hole.
If your home has already suffered water damage, it’s important to take care of it before the problem gets worse. Trying to fix it yourself can be difficult, so CRD Restore is here to remediate any water or mold damage to your property. The emergency hotline is open 24/7 and the company can obtain a team of up to 50 staff members within 24 hours notice for large loss situations.