To prevent extensive water damage within your home, conduct regular external, internal, and plumbing inspections and implement alternative strategies, such as a classic series WaterCop.
Check your water pressure using a pressure gauge to prevent hose failures. Also, place your landscaping away from your foundation and underground pipes. Grade your soil so it moves down and away from the house. Set your sprinkler systems to prevent wall or foundation damage.
Before winter, drain your hoses and external faucets. Clean your gutters and downspouts at least twice per year or install and maintain gutter guards. Position your downspouts so this water flows away from your foundation.
Repair cracks and damage to your windows and doors. Inspect your roof for damages and moss, which may suggest water beneath the shingles.
Identify your water main. Your appliances, including your washing machine, air conditioner, water heater and refrigerators, should receive regular maintenance and be checked for leaks, damage or old hoses. Floor pans can contain small leaks under your appliances
Check your basement, foundation or crawl space for cracks and holes, and treat them immediately. Then, check your attic for moisture and pooling.
Leaks in your faucets, toilets and showers should be repaired and resealed immediately. Inspect your accessible pipes for cracks or damage.
Install backwater valves to prevent sewer backups. Don’t pour grease down your kitchen sink. Consider snaking clogs because clog removal chemicals may also damage your pipes. In addition, an emergency pressure release valve prevents pipe failures due to freezing.
Watch your water bill for unexpected increases, which may signify a leak in your home, and turn off your water at the main when you leave your home for vacations.
Consider placing water sensors in moisture-prone areas, such as basements and near appliances. Some systems will automatically shut off your water at the main if excess moisture or unusual flow rates are detected.
To protect your home from water damage, conduct regular checks and maintenance outside, and inside your home. Also, check and maintain your plumbing, and consider alternative monitoring strategies.