Water Damage Prevention Tips
We’ve collected a few of the most common sources of water damage and how to prevent them.
- Seal cracks and holes in walls and in the foundation.
- Insulate pipes against the cold.
- Maintain water pressure between 30-50 psi, and no greater than 60 psi.
- Secure loose pipes so that they do not bang or clang when the water turns on or off.
- Replace corroded pipes.
- If a pipe breaks, shut off the water supply.
- Turn washing machine hose valves off when not in use.
- Replace hoses every 5 years.
- Avoid standard hoses. Opt for a wire-braided, high-pressure hose.
- Test for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank. If the color is visible in the bowl after a few minutes, you are dealing with a leak.
- Call a plumber to repair any leaks.
Gutters and Roof
- Install gutter screens to keep gutters free of debris.
- Keep gutters clean and clear. Repair any damage.
- Direct the flow of water 10 feet away from the foundation of the house.
- Properly insulate the attic.
- Consider installing heated cables to the edge of the roof to avoid ice dams.
- Ventilate the roof’s eaves and ridges.
- Install a weather membrane under shingles.
- Replace cracked and missing shingles.
- Regularly move the refrigerator and other appliances to check for leaks and water damage.
- Check the connections to dishwashers, ice makers, and any other water lines.
- Maintain 3-6 inches between each appliance and the wall.
- Never leave an appliance unattended during a cycle.
- Perform a walk-through of your home to identify any signs of damage such as sagging ceilings, wet drywall, discoloration, and mold growth.
- Touch lines under the sink to feel for moisture.
- Consider installing a sump pump in your crawl space or basement. Keep the water screen clear and replace batteries every 2-3 years.
- Cover basement drains, sinks, and toilets with back flow valves to prevent the possibility of a sewage backup.
- Avoid pouring grease down drains.
- If you leave your home for an extended period, be sure to turn off any water supply valves.
- If you receive a high water bill and are unsure of the reason, call a plumber for help.
Should You Have a Water Loss…
FloodSERV knows that even the greatest measures of preparation sometimes fail. For this reason, we are available 24/7 to provide water extraction and water damage restoration services. We work to restore your home or business to pre-loss condition all while coordinating with your insurance provider to help make sure you are covered for any damages and accrued costs.