As a homeowner, one of your greatest concerns is sure to be water damage to your home. Unfortunately, there are many ways that water can infiltrate your home and damage the structure, finishes, and even your belongings. However, it is also vital to know that with a few tips from the professionals at Gordon AC & Plumbing, you can know that your home and personal items are well protected.
Install Leak Sensors
Using leak sensors is one of the most effective and simple ways to protect your home from water damage. Thanks to modern technology, you can place these devices around your home in areas that are prone to water or might be vulnerable in the event of severe weather. For example, place a sensor near your water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine to alert you of a leak. They could also be placed near a window or door that might leak during heavy rainfall. If water is present in these areas, the sensor will alert you to check the area and get professional assistance before significant water damage occurs.
Monitor Your Water Bill
Even if you have automated your water bill payment, you should always check the usage. Any sudden increase should serve as a warning that you could have a water leak hidden inside or under your home. If you have an unexplainable spike in your water bill, call your plumber for a leak detection inspection immediately to limit the potential for water damage.
Keep Up With Repairs
It can be challenging to stay on top of all the items on your to-do list. But when you let things like a dripping faucet or a small leak in a waterline remain unrepaired, bad things can happen. The first rule of plumbing is that minor leaks never remain small. The water will continue to degrade the pipe or fitting, creating a more significant leak.
The best way to stay on top of your home’s plumbing health is with a monthly inspection. The process only takes a few minutes but could save you tens of thousands of dollars in water damage repair. Make a habit of walking through the house looking under sinks, around tubs, showers, and sinks for any signs of leaks.
In addition, check all appliances that use water. For example, the hoses that supply your dishwasher and washing machine are prime locations for leaks when they become old and brittle. Finally, carefully inspect your water heater and the pipes near it for any leaks that could indicate a problem. Locating these issues soon after they appear or even taking proactive measures to avoid a leak are the best ways to prevent costly repairs.
Check Your Sump Pump
If your home has a basement, add your sump pump to the list of items you should regularly inspect. Look for any dust, dirt, or debris that might have collected in the sump pit. These items should be removed to prevent a blockage of your sump pump should it be needed to begin moving water away from your home’s foundation.
Then pour a large bucket of water into the sump pit to ensure that the pump activates correctly and removes the water from the pit. If the pump does not turn on and remove the water, it is time to call in a pro. You never want to discover that your sump pump is not working in the middle of a rainstorm that is flooding your basement.
If you discover any plumbing issues or water leaks in your home, call (318) 202-9144. The licensed plumbers at Gordon AC & Plumbing are here to assist you 24/7.