Every home is vulnerable to leaks and flooding, and dealing with water damage can be expensive and annoying. The good news is there are several easy ways to prevent problems. 

Take a look at these maintenance tips to help keep your house dry and your foundation strong.

1. Clean your gutters. To do their duty, gutters must be free of leaves, nests and other debris. Be sure to clear your gutters out on a regular basis or they may send water directly to the sides and foundation of your house instead of carrying it safely away.

2. Watch for signs of a leak. Identifying and repairing potential water leaks can help you steer clear of mold and termites, so pay attention to any upticks in your water bill and listen for dripping sounds. Also look for physical signs of trouble, like dark spots around your pipes or ceiling stains.

For extra peace of mind, consider investing in a smart water leak sensor that will detect hidden leaks and alert you when there’s an issue. 

3. Avoid chemical drain cleaners. Harsh chemicals can erode your pipes to the point of puncture, so do yourself a favor and invest in a drain snake. They’re effective, inexpensive and better for your health and the environment. 

4. Insulate your pipes. There are plenty of ways to avoid bursting pipes. Whether you leave cabinet doors ajar, leave faucets dripping or cover outdoor spigots with foam shields, be sure to take action before inclement weather hits. 

Along with these preventive actions, make sure you know what your policy covers in the event you do have to file a claim.

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6 Responses
  1. Thanks for the heads up that any rise in a home’s water bill and listening for dripping sounds mean that a home has several leaks. Since you said that this will lead to mold, I thought that one should hire a professional restoration service to get rid of the air pollutant. Doing this will help create an allergy-free home.

  2. I just bought my first home and I want to keep it safe from water damage. That’s for pointing out that I should insulate my pipes. That does seem like it would help prevent my pipes from bursting this winter.

  3. I admire what you said about identifying the sources of minor leaks early. When faced with water damage, it’s important to find a restoration company that has the right equipment for the job. My neighbor wants to get his basement fixed after a recent flood, so I’ll help him find a specialized company that can offer an estimate upfront.

  4. That’s a great idea to insulate your pipes to avoid bursting and water damage. My husband and I are currently dealing with flood damage in our basement, and our pipes aren’t in the best of condition. We’ll have to take this opportunity to re-insulate some things and restore the damage that’s been done, with the help of our contractor.

  5. I liked that you mentioned cleaning your gutters will allow you to prevent water damage in your home. My brother is thinking about how often we need to help my mother to give maintenance to her house to prevent damage. I will let him know the benefits of cleaning the gutters regularly to prevent water damage.

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