DIY Plumbing Tips to Prevent Water Damage
By Admin | August 31, 2022
For many homeowners, the home plumbing system isn’t always on top of mind. It’s just something that’s expected to function properly and work quietly in the background…But then it breaks.
Pipes, valves, fixtures, it doesn’t matter—if something goes wrong with any of these things, it could create a nasty mess and possibly water damage. Luckily, many plumbing issues can be prevented with these simple at-home maintenance tips:
- Check toilets and valves for leaks periodically, including the caulking around bathtubs and showers.
- Turn off outside water valves during the winter and shut off the hot water when you leave home for vacations or other extended trips.
- Avoid flushing anything beyond toilet paper. This includes diapers, baby wipes and “flushable” wipes, “flushable” cat litter, and hygiene products.
- Don’t put any of the following into sink drains, especially ones with garbage disposals: Coffee grounds, cleaners that contain lye, and high-fiber materials such as cornhusks, celery, and onion skins.
4 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe From Water Damage
Sometimes water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. If you have a standard homeowner’s insurance policy, you should be covered for damage that comes from the top and travels down, such as burst pipes/sprinklers and rainfall. But if you want to do what you can to avoid using the insurance, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1) Stop water seepage in your basement by resealing foundational cracks, diverting water drainage away from the house, and installing backwater valves to prevent sewer backups.
2) Preserve your plumbing system by::
- Inspecting the plumbing pipes, faucets, appliance hoses, showers, and tubs for leaks and cracks. Make any repairs you can with caulk/sealant or have a professional plumber fix them for you.
- Knowing where your main water shut-off valves are located and turning them off when a pipe bursts or a water line breaks.
- Installing an emergency pressure release valve in the system.
3) Ensure your home’s exterior is properly protected by inspecting your windows, siding, and roof and making any necessary repairs or updates. This could include something as simple as caulking/sealing your windows or a much larger project like a roof replacement. You’ll also want to make sure:
- Any irrigation systems or sprinklers aren’t damaging your house.
- Downspouts and gutter guards are installed and unclogged, properly draining water away from your home.
4) Guard your possessions by storing them in waterproof bins off the floor and away from damp areas and plumbing pipes. Always maintain a list of your items in case they do end up getting damaged by water or mold. This will help in case you need to file an insurance claim!
Did You Know?
Ungerman, Inc. has a full-time Master Plumber on staff! He’s ready to go 24/7/365 for all your plumbing needs and leaks, so don’t hesitate to call 612-825-2800.
Ungerman, Inc. is a family-owned company providing full-service mitigation, restoration, reconstruction, and renovation. Our mission is to provide our clients with the highest quality of dependable services while carefully managing costs.
We will provide accurate estimates, clear communication, and efficient completion of necessary mitigation and repairs to complete projects successfully. Through this process, we will build a solid relationship between the customer, the insurance company, and Ungerman. If you need restoration, reconstruction, or renovation, please contact us today!