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According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage accounts for 50% of all property damage. Burst pipes or undetected leaks can cause serious damage to furniture, ceilings, walls, floor, artwork and other valuables. P reventing water damage is extremely important for homeowners and more cost effective than paying for repairs. Here are 9 maintenance tips to help you prevent water damage.
Get rid of blockages
Properly discard grease after cooking. Grease accumulation inside drainpipes is a major, yet surprisingly common plumbing problem.
To unclog your kitchen sink, try the following:
Monitor your water bills
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your monthly water bills. Most water pipes are hidden from plain sight and a leak could go undetected for weeks if not months. If you see any drastic changes on your water bills, have your pipes inspected for leaks.
Clean out roof gutters
A clogged gutter will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your sidings and foundation. Common causes of clogged gutters are sticks, leaves, birds’ nests, and the like. When water isn’t able to run cleanly through gutters, it causes three costly problems for homeowners:
Be careful of what you plant
Some plants and trees have invasive root systems. A good example are weeping willows. If you aren’t careful, they’ll grow right into your pipes, drainage field, and sprinkler system. T rees without invasive root systems include: kousa dogwood, red tip photinia, southern sugar maple, trident maple, and American hornbeam.
Don’t leave appliances running
Don’t leave your washing machine or dishwasher running if no one is at home. Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in the home. Follow these tips to prevent water damage by dishwashers and washing machines:
Inspect your toilet
Toilet flanges, supply lines or toilets that backed up and overflowed cause about 80% of water damage incidents from toilets. Water damage from toilets costs $2,000 to $10,000 per incident.
Follow these tips to prevent water damage from toilets:
Fix water leaks promptly
Here are some interesting facts on water leaks:
Signs of leaks include rocking toilets, drips, stains in ceilings, and dark spots under pipes. If you notice these, call in a professional immediately.
Protect your pipes from freezing
Frozen water pipes can burst and cause major problems if they aren’t dealt with immediately. To help protect your pipes from freezing, open cabinets to allow for warm air near the pipes and let the water drip from faucets.
By preventing water damage and protecting your house, you are being proactive. Use these 9 tried and tested maintenance tips to prevent costly water damage repairs.
This article was contributed by Granite Foundation Repair . Granite Foundation Repair services the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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