How to Avoid Water Damage & Leaks in Your Home
It’s estimated that over 14,000 people in the US experience water damage emergencies at home or work every day. This means the probability of you getting the same experience is high. Water damage arises when water floods an area leading to unforeseen losses. This damage is mostly caused by bursting or leaky water pipes. Eventually, these damages can lead to property loss, depending on the degree of effect. The good news is that you can avoid these losses. This article highlights steps you can take to avoid the devastating impact of water damage and leaks.
1. Prevent pipes from freezing
Pipe freezing is the primary cause of pipe bursts in homes. In winter seasons, the pipes tend to get overwhelmed by cold air blowing over them and eventually freeze. This freezing can happen mostly when you are away from home. To prevent this, you can set an automatic thermometer that will maintain a minimum temperature of at least 10 ℃ to ensure it does not reach a freezing point which is 0℃. Also, turning off the water supply could help prevent freezing when the property is left unattended for long.
2. Install a water leak detection device
As we have seen, water leakages highly contribute to losses associated with water damage. The best way to control this is by identifying and fixing leaks as early as possible. There is a wide variety of inexpensive leak detection devices in the market today. Here in Irvine, California, you can find a leak detection device in most electronics and utility stores. If you are not sure which one to choose, contact your technician for help. This handy tool will enable you to mitigate the threats of water damages.
3. Install a pressure release valve
Water pressure varies depending on location. Even though, high pressure is not recommended in any case. For households, pressures of between 50 – 70 psi are manageable, but anything above this can cause stress in pipes hence bursting.
Installing a pressure regulator is the best remedy here. This pressure valve needs to be installed in the mainline, supplying water in the house for best results. Again, you might have to contact a trained technician to handle the valve’s installation to avoid getting it wrong.
4. Clean gutters and downspouts
Gutters are usually prone to debris and ice dams in most areas, especially Orange County and other parts of California. What happens is that the gutters clog when water flow is limited by the debris hence damaging the gutter and downspouts. Eventually, the gutter, roof, and downspouts start leaking and damage the surfaces below them. The best solution here is to ensure you clean the gutters at least twice a year, especially before the rainy and winter seasons.
5. Keep track of your water bills
Sometimes leaks can happen without you noticing, especially in basements. According to the EPA, the average household leak can amount to 10,000 gallons of water used yearly. Now imagine all this water dripping on the floor in your basement without noticing. When you identify unusual spikes in water bills, there is a high possibility of water leakage. You can either manually check for the leak or install the leak detection device in such a case. Fixing the leaks will help you lower your water bills and prevent water damage.
6. Conduct proper maintenance of water appliances
Faulty appliances can also leak and lead to water damage. Appliances such as water heaters and washing machines need to be thoroughly checked to ensure there are no leaks. It’s advisable to have a technician do the maintenance to avoid complications and professional work. If the hoses bringing in water to the appliances are broken, consider replacing them for optimal results. Having your appliances working optimally will prevent water damages and also improve their efficiency. It’s a double win.
7. Maintain the outdoor environment
Most of the ways we have looked at above focused on the indoor environment. Landscaping is also an effective way to prevent water damage. Starting with the area adjacent to the house, shovel the soil around it to incline as it nears the foundation wall. This will prevent water from stagnating around the wall, which can weaken it. Additionally, you need to maintain vegetation in the backyard that will prevent excess wind during rainy seasons. These are inexpensive ways to prevent water damages in your home.
8. Install Phyn, the smart water assistant
If you have never heard of it, Phyn is a revolutionary smart assistant that uses Artificial Intelligence to help you control water flow in your household. this device works similarly to a leak detection device but at a more advanced level. For instance, this device can send you prompt messages when it senses an abnormality in your water system. With Phyn, you will no longer have to worry about checking for leaks now and then. Phyn will go a long way in helping you stay aware of water usage patterns and avoid water damages.
Water damage can happen quickly and have devastating effects on our households. Now that we have seen the underlying conditions that contribute to these damages implementing the preventive measures goes a long way. The seven ways we have shared are just a handful of the numerous methods out there. Sure, some can be intimidating and time-consuming, but that’s why we are here. If you lack the tolerance to do this, let us help you.