One of the biggest causes of water loss is water heaters that have gone past their lifespan. These appliances will last between 12 and 15 years, even when they’re properly maintained. Do you know where yours was installed? If it’s getting old, proactively replacing it can prevent a big headache down the road.
Pipes corrode over time. Check under your sinks to ensure the intake pipes and the drain pipes are still fitting together tightly. Replace the hoses if they seem to be wearing, or every five years (the same goes for your washer and dryer).
Where Pipes Exit the Home
Water pipes don’t do well in the cold weather we get through the winter (especially if they haven’t been drained of water). Make sure that you have properly taken care of your sprinklers and outdoor water spigots before the winter sets in.
Do your window wells have adequate drainage? If they’re west facing (where most of our storms come from) are they covered to allow in minimal water? During heavy storms, negative drainage can fill a window well with water in a matter of seconds. Don’t let your home get flooded by rainwater.
Your roof is the home’s first line of defense against a storm. After a hailstorm, when the shingles haven’t been replaced, they set you up for water damage that will slowly seep into the attic. That water can sit in the insulation for weeks before being discovered; leading to mold damage that is hard to remove. Maintain your roof to prevent mold from growing.
On a daily basis, you utilize the most amount of water while in the bathroom. A leaking supply line or septic back-up are just some of the things that can ruin your bathroom.
Dishwasher, icemakers, refrigerators, and even the kitchen sink can cause water damage. Leaking lines can go unnoticed for days, making this one of the most common causes of water damage and mold growth.