1. Water Damage Prevention Begins With Maintaining Your Appliances
Faulty appliances are the main contributor to avoidable water damage in the home. This is the case for appliances that heavily rely on water during their usage such as laundry machines and dishwashers. With age and extended use, the rubber tubes become fragile. There can be a water leakage if the hoses are not checked and changed as they become old. Over time these leaks will evolve into water damage. Such leaks are not easily noticeable until they become emergency cases. The hookups are at the rear of these machines, away from the direct sight of the homeowner and thus few examine them often. Maintaining a regular servicing schedule means that water damage prevention becomes an annual routine.
2. Wrap Your Pipes For Winter
Water freezes into ice and expands. This expansion can exert excessive pressure on plumbing pipes. Cushion your pipes even if you reside in an area that experiences mild winters. Also, it does not matter whether you have regular blizzards in your area. Insulating your external pipes is a crucial precautionary measure. One freezing night can wreak havoc leading to a number of burst pipes and leaving you with expensive repairs.
If you do not heat your basement or if you stay in a cold area wrap your pipes. Though external pipes are most prone to burst from freezing, interior pipes can also be affected. If they freeze, repairs are usually more expensive. A flooded basement from a pipe burst can destroy important items stored there. With flooding, mold prevention becomes a challenge. Mold growth will be supported by damp conditions in your basement. If you are not certain on the pipes to wrap a professional can direct you and make appropriate recommendations.
3. Have Your Roof Checked Often
Checking your roof frequently can help avoid water damage to the interior walls, attic and roof. Roof leaks can be a challenge to spot. Most of the time, when you see the ceiling leaking the damage is usually extensive. Thus it is important to perform interior inspections of your attic and upper rooms during winter. Keep your eye out for signs of dampness, mold or stained patches on the ceiling or wall. Immediately after a brutal storm or when spring ends call in a professional roofer to inspect your roof. Some roof damage cannot be easily noticed and requires an expert. Huge roof problems start as minor repairable problems. Attend to small roofing issues by doing prompt repairs to avoid expensive maintenance in future.