5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage

5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage

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Even a small leak can become a major problem, so knowing what you’re covered for and how to prevent water damage are equally important.  The below tips should help uncover any potential water problems down the road and keep your property dry.

5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage

1. Clean Roof Gutters and Storm Drains

Roof Gutters and Storm Drains are in place to keep water flowing away to the house, so help the storm drains and gutters work properly by performing regular checks for debris and clogs. You may want to install a gutter guard that will help prevent clogs. Remember to use caution when accessing roof gutters.

2. Check appliance hoses  

Standard hoses are not as durable as they used to be.  Replace rubber hoses with steel-braided hoses. This is a low cost fix that can save thousands in water damage.

3. When traveling, turn off the main water supply to your house. 

You should also consider only running the dishwasher and washing machine when you are home. This way, if a leak occurs, you can turn the appliance off right away.

4. Plant carefully

While some fabulous landscaping can add curb appeal and value to your home, make sure you aren’t planting any tress or plants with invasive roots near your foundation. The roots could end up compromising your pipes, septic tanks or foundation and leave you with a not-so-pretty mess to clean up.

5. Snake your drains, instead of using chemicals

Every home owner deals with the occasional clogged shower, toilet or sink. Next time this happens to you, consider using a drain snake instead of using caustic chemicals that can erode your pipes. This erosion may eventually lead to leaks. Plus, the drain snake doesn’t have harmful fumes that burn your eyes and nose!

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