5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damageby Catherine Giles on 09/19/15
Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.
Check out these five suggestions for preventing water damage:
1. Grease isn't the word...
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. Whether you flush your drain with hot water or use soap to try and break up the grease, it can still congeal, cling to your pipes, causing pipe damage, back-up, and water damage. The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it.
2. Snake your pipe clogs
Drain clogs happen. As convenient as caustic drain cleaners may be, the caustic chemicals are also eating away at pipes. If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for water leaks. Owning and using a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary from chemical fumes.
3. Root out clogs from your roof gutters
Schedule on a calendar for four times per year to safely get up on a ladder and inspect your roof gutter, if you are able. Plan for rain before a rainy day to ensure that your gutters are clean and can handle the water flow. Clogged gutters can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement, if you have one. Water damage, especially water damage caused by neglect, can be costly. If your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to inspect them.
4. Eagle-Eye your water usage and bill
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is already done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water usage contained in your water bill . If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s an indication you may have a water leak somewhere.
5. Plan before you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Know where your water and sprinkler lines are and plan to allow for invasive root growth before you plant.
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