Preventing Water Damage
Water damage can happen when you least expect it, from roof leaks, to tiny leaks in your plumbing to
leaky pipes from your toilet. These are just a few of the annoying results of water damage in and around
your home. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to prevent water damage from occurring in your
home. Don’t ignore the first signs of water damage, even if they seem minor. A drip here and there does
signify the start of a problem and shouldn’t be ignored.
Warnings like water stains on the ceilings or a leak under the kitchen sink can lead to real problems
like a weakened roof or rotten floorboards. A burst pipe can damage your furniture and other personal
possessions, and flooding can be devastating. Even minor water damage can very quickly lead to
problems with mold, so resolve to fix them or call a professional in right away.
Look for signs of leaks or cracks in water damage areas. Inspect for telltale signs of water damage under
your sinks and under your bathroom toilets, in and around your attic, behind your water heater in the
basement and around the washing machine. These are all the usual suspects for finding leaking pipes
or leaky plumbing. Fix and repair all water leaks, leaky pipes, including any wall cracks and leaky
The other simple test you can do is on your toilets. Using food coloring, you can determine whether your
toilet has a leak. Here’s what you need to do: Remove the tank lid and flush. After it refills, add several
drops of bright colored food coloring. Wait at least 20 minutes and if any trace of color appears in the
toilet bowl, you have a leak.
Besides having a professional waterproof your basement if water is prevalent, having a sump pump
installed helps many homeowners tackle the problem of a wet basement and staves off future water
damage. A small sump pump stationed in a home’s basement sends water out to a more acceptable
location, like a sloped backyard or a municipal storm drain. Sump pumps are typically housed in a sump
pit – a reservoir for excess groundwater and rainwater. The principles at work are pretty simple: rather
than keeping water out completely, a sump pump system controls how water gathers beneath your home,
then pumps it out after it’s collected.
In addition, look for other ways to keep your basement dry such as examining the grading around your
home and make a point to repair any noticeable leaks in pipes or plumbing. Remember, sump pumps
don’t prevent water from accumulating, but they can go a long way in controlling water in your basement.
Taking precautions like these will go a long way in keeping your important possessions in your basement
dry. This is especially important if you have a finished basement, where drywall and paneling could be
adversely affected. If possible, keep your relative humidity below 55%, especially in those humid summer
months. Invest in a good portable dehumidifier with a humidity control. Choose one that shuts off
automatically when the collector pan is full or one that can be connected to a floor drain for safe drainage.
To avoid water damage, make sure your roof is properly maintained. Corrosion or deterioration of
your roof can occur in wind or hail damage. Also improper installation of vents, flues, chimneys, air
conditioners, evaporative coolers or condensers can all result in roof leaks, so exercise caution when
doing home improvements that may affect your roof. Fix and patch roofs when needed and replace roofs
that are in disrepair. Following these simple steps can help you prevent water damage in your home and can keep your important belongings safe from the damaging effects of water.
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