Water is vital to life, but it can also be highly destructive. Faulty plumbing, leaks, and flooding can wreak havoc on a home, causing mold, mildew, and even structural damage. Killingsworth Environmental Home Services has served the greater Charlotte, NC, area for over 20 years. Here, the staff explains seven things you can do to avoid water damage to your home.
7 Tips to Prevent Water Damage
1. Keep Gutters & Downspouts Clean
To prevent blockage and ice dams, clean your gutters at least twice a year. Clean your downspouts as well and ensure they’re directed away from the house. Standing water can damage your roof and gutters, and excessive overflow can create puddles that can damage the foundation.
2. Maintain Your Landscape
Trees are essential to the ecosystem and your home landscape. But a tree or shrub situated too close to a utility pipe could spell danger if their roots wrap around or slink into the piping. Minimize planting near utility pipes. If you’re afraid an existing tree or shrub is in a precarious position, ask a lawn care professional to assess the situation.
3. Disconnect Hoses
Disconnect hoses when they’re not in use. Standing water in a hose can freeze back into the pipe, creating a block that may stop water flow or burst the pipe. Burst pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage and flooding in homes.
4. Fix Leaks Promptly
If you notice a leak, don’t hesitate to call a plumbing repair professional. Postponing repairs could lead to moisture damage, mold, mildew, and dry rot. Most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover damage as a result of a lack of maintenance. The money you’ll spend on a quick repair is a fraction of the cost you’ll likely pay to repair the effects of a prolonged leak.
5. Install Water Detection Devices
Water detectors are small electronic devices with sensors that alert you when the detector becomes moist. These devices help you detect slow leaks and low moisture levels before they become bigger issues. Install them near sump pumps, the washing machine, dishwasher, water heater, and toilets.
6. Keep an Eye on Water Pressure
Excessive water pressure can cause pipes and hoses to burst. Attach a water pressure gauge to the outdoor faucet and turn the faucet on in full force. The gauge will tell you the home’s water pressure. Most residential water systems can safely withstand 40 to 70 psi. If the water pressure reading is greater than 100 psi, hire a plumbing professional to install a water pressure regulator.
7. Maintain Your Appliances
Check appliances regularly and repair leaks promptly. Faulty washing machine hoses are one of the most common causes of water loss and flooding in homes. Replace hoses often to avoid costly water damage.
The specialists at Killingsworth Environmental Home Services offer everything from HVAC and plumbing repairs to pest control. Call (704) 563-8787 to speak with a member of their staff or visit their website to see their full list of offerings.