Once a water pipe has burst, it can cause a lot of irreparable damage to a home. Similarly, other water damage caused by leaks, bursts, breaks, clogs, or floods can result in costly repair bills, and your home may suffer other damages such as warping and mold. In order to avoid this expensive and damaging situation, it’s best to simply take precautions to avoid pipe bursts and water damage. Here are a few home maintenance tips that will save you money and heartache.
- Check your utility bills each month. Make sure that the water usage is similar each month. If you see a huge leap in water usage, it may be an indication of an undetected leak. As soon as you notice a huge change, contact us at Kirkland & Shaw Plumbing & Heating for help rectifying the situation.
- Do a manual check of your water sources and appliances each month. Make sure to check your appliances for cracks, rust, corrosion, and/or damage. If you notice any damage, get it fixed right away.
- While you are checking your water sources and appliances, also inspect your basement floor and crawl space for leaks or cracks.
- Check for signs of leakage. If you notice water appearing around your appliances or pipes, it may indicate the need for some maintenance. Don’t wait for the water leakage to get so great that it causes damage. Fix the situation as soon as you notice it.
- Make sure your roof and shingles are properly maintained. If you notice any leaks from the roof, call a roofer to fix the problem.
- Check your water tank to make sure there is no rust. If your water tank is older than 10 or 15 years, update your tank.
Damage resulting from leaks, bursts, or appliance corrosion can be expensive. Instead of paying for the results of a flood, take measures to prevent water damage.