5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

January 13, 2020
hands holding a cloth against a leaking pipe.

Water damage is no fun to deal with. It can happen very slowly or all of a sudden causes mildew and mold growth and is often very costly to fix. Luckily, there are some things that you can do to prevent the likelihood of water damage in your home.


Don’t Ignore That Leak!

Get any leaks fixed as soon as you notice them. A slow drip might not seem like a big deal at first, but if you ignore it, it will slowly cause damage and can lead to bigger plumbing problems that will leave you with major water damage in the future.


Know How to Shut off Your Water

Do you know where the main water shut off for your home is? It’s important to locate your shut off and to know how to use it. If a sudden plumbing emergency like a burst pipe happens, you need to be able to shut off your water ASAP. The quicker you can get to your shut off and turn the water off, the less water damage your home will sustain.


Install Drain Pans

Consider installing drain pans underneath large appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Drain pans will protect your flooring from minor leaks.


Insulate Your Pipes

A common cause of water damage is when pipes burst due to freezing during the winter months. Take the time to properly insulate any exposed pipes to prevent this.


Get a Sump Pump

If you have a basement, it’s a good idea to get a sump pump installed. A sump pump prevents flooding by pumping water away from your home.

Sometimes water damage happens. If you need help with water damage, leaks, or any other plumbing-related issues, we are here to help.


Have Someone Check in on Your Home Regularly When You are Out of Town

Even something as minor as a dripping tub faucet, if it’s hot water, can cause steam damage and mold.


Deal With Pests Immediately

Rodents love the sound of water running through pipes, and they will chew through almost anything plumbing related! Seal up any holes in attics and crawlspaces to keep them out!



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