How to avoid water damage

You would think that as a plumber I would be immune to water damage in my own house, However, that is far from the case.
Water can be a cruel mistress and has cost me personally thousands in damages. Please take on board my advice and tips, these are all pearls of wisdom and all from experiences over the past 20 years of plumbing.

Water damage can be very expensive when disaster strikes.

Millions of dollars are wasted annually due to damage caused by water, more interesting is the fact that with simple education we can reduce and even eliminate water damage from affecting our houses.Be it your living room being flooded due to a burst pipe in the laundry area, the cupboards and vanities being ruined due to an undetected leaking pipe or the bedroom getting drenched due to a leak in the roof.

As a homeowner, there are some things that you can do on your end so as to prevent water damage from occurring inside your house.

  1. One of the main causes for water damage inside the house is due to a burst pipe. The most common pipe to have this problem is the flexible hose. This is the flexible hose made of plastic that is found underneath the sink and basin and even in your toilet. This flexible hose breaks down over time and if left undetected can cause a major leak and cause extensive water damage to your property. So always make it a habit to check the flexible hoses if they don’t have any leaks or have worn off in time.
Flexible hose damage

Check also the other connections for your appliances that are connected to your piping systems such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and the fridge. The pipes connecting to these appliances are the second most common pipes that cause a leak and water damage inside the house. These pipes are also prone to wear and tear and can spring a leak over time. It is therefore important that you know where to locate the shutoff valve on these fixtures and appliances so if a leak occurs, you would know how to isolate the water from that specific area and prevent water damage in your property.

Copper pipe replacement to prevent further damage
  1. Make sure your drains are clean and clear. Your property has two types of drains; the sewer drain and the stormwater drain. Sewer drains take away all your waste water from your toilet, kitchen and laundry area out of the house and goes to a Waste Treatment plant. Stormwater drains, on the other hand, takes away rainwater from the property and goes to the natural waterways like the rivers, lakes and the ocean.
High pressure water jetter in sewer blocked drain

A blocked drain, be it a sewer drain or the stormwater drain, can flood water inside the property can cause water damage both inside and outside of the house. The most common cause of a blocked sewer drain is the accumulation of toilet paper, wet wipes, and diapers that have stuck inside the drain pipes. So proper disposal is one good way to prevent a blocked sewer issue and prevent sewage water from overflowing outside the property and possible getting inside the house. They are also caused by the entry of tree roots inside the drain pipes due to a crack or broken pipe so an annual check of your sewer pipes is also one good preventive measure to ensure that you don’t get this issue.

Server tree roots infiltration caught in annual CCTV inspection
  1. Check your gutters and roof and clear and clean them of any debris. Your gutters can become blocked with leaves, twigs, and branches that have accumulated on top. So when a heavy downpour occurs, this causes water to overflow and run down the eaves and can go inside your house and trickle down your roof. Make sure then to clean your roof of debris and trim trees that are near your roof so as to prevent leaves accumulating on top.

 

Always remember, preventive measures are the best approach in order to prevent water damage from occurring in your property. If you got any plumbing work done, call your expert plumbers right away.

If you got any electrical and plumbing problems don’t hesitate to call us at 13 10 91 to fix the problem right away.

here is another article that you may find interesting in regards to Plumbing tips for Autumn

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