5 Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home
Five Easy Tips for Preventing a Flood In Your Home
SERVPRO of South Garland is always there for you when there is a water loss in your home, but do you know what is easier and much less of a headache?
Well, the answer is preventing the water from leaking in the first place. Here are 5 easy tips for preventing a flood in your home.
1. Never pour Grease down your drain
I am sure you have heard this before, but some people still will tell you that it is safe if you flush it with hot water, or mix dish soap with it. While that may eliminate some of the risk greases may still stick to the pipes eventually causing significant damage or a blockage. The safest thing you can do is pour your grease into an old can and let it harden in the refrigerator. Then you can just toss it into the trash it is easy and no worries in the pipes.
2. Do not use unclogging chemicals use a Drain Snake instead.
No matter how clean you are, the fact remains that hair and other debris will get into your drains and will cause blockages. This drives most people to grab a drain cleaning chemical, but what most people do not realize is how much these chemicals eat away at your plumbing and can cause leaking drains. so an alternative is a drain snake that is relatively inexpensive at a local hard wear store. This will eat up most all clogs and will be safer for your pipes than drain cleaning chemicals.
3. Watch where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
4. Clean Out Roof Gutters
You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill
With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and on the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.