How To Prevent Water Damage in Your Home?

It’s not difficult to keep your home free from water damage, if you know what causes it. The most common things you can do to prevent water damage in your home this winter are listed; 

Clean your gutters: Do it now, before the winter rain and snow set in. Leaves and debris in your gutters can cause clogs that lead to water damage.

Assess your downspouts: All downspouts should be cleaned of debris and directed away from the house. If they are against the foundations, get assistance from an expert to move them 5-10ft away from the house.

Assess your landscaping: Your landscaping should allow water to flow away from your home, rather than into it. If it flows the wrong way, you need to slope your yard to direct heavy rain away from the house.

Inspect your sump pump: As part of your annual winterization, check your sump pump. If your house is prone to flooding, invest in a backup sump pump, or, if you don’t have one, consider buying one.

Check your pipes: Leaky pipes can cause massive flooding and water damage, so be sure to check your pipes on a regular basis.

Check before you plant: Planting certain trees or shrubs with invasive roots near your drains and water pipes, can compromise your pipes, foundation, septic tank, water lines and drainage system.

Check upstairs: Roof pipes can leak, causing your ceiling to collapse, or mould and mildew to form. These substances are not only unsightly and foul smelling, but it is also toxic to humans. Check your ceiling and walls for wet spots. Start from inside the ceiling or attic, as it could take a long time for the spots to form.

8. Replace the caulking: Cracked caulking can cause water to seep into small cracks and crevices, causing mould growth underneath. Check your windows, sinks, showers and bathtub, and replace any cracked or old caulking.

9. Keep an eye on the bills: Does your water bill seem unusually high for no apparent reason? A leak could be causing the spike. 

10. Do a roof inspection: Damaged or missing shingles may cause water to leak into your home. For that reason, it is important to inspect your roof before the rainy season arrives.

11. Avoid chemical drain cleaners: When your drains are clogged, avoid the temptation to use a chemical drain cleaner. Most commercial products harm the pipes, causing corrosion from the inside. Rather use a drain snake.

12. Check your appliance plumbing: Washing machine and dishwasher supply hoses should be replaced every five years. In between, you should inspect the lines on a regular basis. Look for wear and tear, cracks and other signs of damage that could cause leaks.

13. Look for toilet leaks: Look at the bathroom floor for wet, cold and soft spots that may indicate leaks. Those types of leaks need to be fixed by a professional Toronto plumber.

When it comes to water damage, there’s a lot you can do to prevent it, but to be sure, you should hire a professional plumber. 

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