Unexpected household plumbing fiascos, from burst pipes to appliance malfunctions, can cause irreparable water damage. Accidents happen—home floods happen. However, they are, for the most part, preventable. Here are the ways in which you can lower your risk of a home flood and minimize the potential water damage if you did encounter a broken water line or leaking water heater.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Routinely clear out your home’s gutters and downspouts to keep rainwater from overflowing and pooling at the base of your property—compromising the integrity of your foundation. Debris and leaves will build-up over time. You must thoroughly clean your stormwater system to keep the pathway clog-free, so rainwater can properly flow away from your property.
Repair Small Leaks Immediately
A roof leak may seem insignificant; however, small leaks can turn into major floods overnight. If you have a cracked pipe, roof, or water heater—schedule repairs ASAP. Make sure you regularly examine your pipes and plumbing appliances. Rust, water spots, buckling, and pooling water are all signs you have a leak.
Seal Any Foundational Cracks
If you have any present foundational cracks, fill them with mortar, masonry caulk, or hydraulic cement. These products expand to fit open spaces and will fill gaps completely, preventing water from seeping into your basement and causing structural water damage.
Ensure Your Drains Are Clear
Make sure your drains are clog-free to prevent trapped water from building up within your pipes, increasing the pressure within your plumbing until cracks occur. Habitually have your drains cleared and learn which items and substances are inherently bad for your plumbing to avoid burst pipes from causing water damage.
If you do encounter water damage at your property, contact Clear Coast Restoration, at (909) 443-2626, for water damage restoration services. We are available 24/7 for your emergency needs.