10 Minutes to Avoiding Water Damage
Household leaks cause millions of dollars in damage to homes every year. But with regular maintenance, many of these leaks could have been prevented.
Just as you take time to change the batteries in the smoke detector or to change the oil in your car, it is also vital to regularly conduct a 10-minute water checkup.
Water related damage is one of the most common problems with homes.
Inside Your Home
- Inspect hoses on ice makers, dishwasher, sinks, garbage disposal, toilets and washing machines. Replace washing machine hoses every three to five years as part of a regular maintenance.
- Inspect and replace sink, tub and shower caulking.
- Check the water heater for rust or wet spots on the floor. these are signs the tank maybe leaking.
- Repair toilets that experience frequent flushing problems.
- Check the condensate drain on the air conditioning unit to make sure water flows freely to the drain.
Outside Your Home
- Keep the roof in good condition. look for missing shingles and have repairs made promptly.
- Clean out gutters and downspouts. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.
- Adjust lawn irrigation heads to direct water away from the house.
- Test water pressure (should be between 60-80 PSI). A water pressure gauge can be purchase at your local home improvement store for around $10-$15.
- Find and know how to use the main water shut-off valve.
Sometimes water leaks can seem invisible until major damage appears. Watch your monthly water bill for unexplained increases. Or, you can turn off your water supply and see if your water meter actually stops.
These simple checks can keep you from suffering the frustration and heartbreak of household water damage.