Every homeowner should know the steps they can take to minimize the risk of water damage. Installing a smart home device or two can make a big difference. Below, we look at eight water damage prevention tips:
Grade your home during the building process
If your home is under construction, you should grade it correctly. A grade creates an incline, which ensures the rainwater is directed away from the foundation and walls of your home.
You should also assess the quality of air infiltration, ventilation, and insulation. For example, fiberglass, mineral wool, and spray foam are all suitable insulation materials. But it would be best if you verified the R-value of each type to ensure that it meets local building codes.
During construction, check for drafty windows and doors. Ensure the fit is snug, so air does not escape when the door or window is closed. You should also inspect the roofing material and waterproof them. Flashing, shingle underlayment, and drip edges should be checked and replaced if necessary.
Check the drainage system
The drainage system consists of gutters, downspouts, and drains. Ensure the gutters are correctly angled to direct rainwater away from your home. The downspouts should be long enough to direct the water away from your foundation.
If you have a deck or patio in your backyard, check the area’s slope to ensure it directs rainwater away from your home. If necessary, modify the slope to create an incline.
Install an automatic shut-off valve
An automatic shut-off valve will turn off the water supply if it detects a leak in your plumbing system. You should install it near the main water line that serves your home.
Repair or replace faulty appliances
If your dishwasher or any other appliance has been giving you trouble, you should repair or replace it before it causes water damage in your home. Also, check the attic and basement for any old appliances, such as water heaters or air conditioners, that may have been left behind by a previous homeowner.
Clean the gutters
Suppose your dishwasher or any other appliance has been giving you trouble. In that case, you should repair or replace it before it causes water damage in your home. Also, check the attic and basement for any old appliances that a previous homeowner may have left behind, such as water heaters or air conditioners.
Insulate the pipes
One way to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting during the winter is to insulate them. You can purchase pipe insulation from your local home improvement store or hire a professional plumber to protect the pipes.
There are some things you can do to protect your pipes from freezing. Leave the faucet slightly open when the temperature drops below freezing. Also, maintain your home at 65 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during the cold months.
Install a sump pump
If you do not have a sump pump, install one. But if you already have a sump pump, check it for leaks, cracks, or clogs every three to four months.
Get on the roof
Does rainwater seep into the walls and the ceiling of your home? It might be because of a broken shingle on the roof. Get up on the roof and inspect the shingles at least once a year. If you find any damage, repair or replace them immediately.
As all the above points have demonstrated, prevention is better than restoration and repairs, especially regarding water damage. Take the steps mentioned above to prevent water damage in your home. If you feel uncomfortable doing the work yourself, hire a professional.
With the proper maintenance and care, you can protect your home from water damage and the costly repairs it brings alone.