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Water damage in homes is quite common, especially during the winter months. It is often costly because you end up having to fix the source of the leak as well as damages to the home itself. There are a number of steps you can take minimize, if not totally prevent, the cost of water damage disasters.

Preventing Water Damage

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Consider these precautionary steps:

  • Add or update drainage – Every house should have an adequate water drainage system. The purpose of water drainage is to divert water away from the house and its foundation. You can achieve this by adding gutters and downspouts to ensure that water flows away from the house. If water drains close to the house, it could weaken the home foundation.
  • Install sump pumps – Sump pumps are used in removing water that has pooled in a water-collecting basin. They are usually found in the basement of houses and reduce the dampness that occurs when the water table is at or above the foundation of the home. When installing a sump pump, a cast iron pump will last longer. A battery-powered backup pump is needed so the pump can do its job—even if the power goes out.
  • Update your doors and windows – New doors and windows have watertight options that you do not often find in older versions. If you do not yet want to replace your old doors and windows, you can clean and repaint them regularly while sealing up any cracks that you encounter.
  • Replace your pipes – Home pipes have a lifespan of 50 to 80 years. If your house is at least 50 years old, you need to call in a plumber to check on the condition of your pipes. If you have PVC pipes in your home, you need to replace them every 25 to 40 years.
  • Check your roof regularly – Look for signs of damage, excessive wear, or any missing shingles. Any roof problems should be fixed immediately.
  • Seal your basement – Adding coatings of paint or silicate-based sealers can help minimize water damage to your basement.
  • Replace washing machines supply hoses – Even if you do not see any sign of damage, washing machine supply hoses should be replaced every three to five years.

Performing preventative maintenance on your home is a safe bet that can help prevent costly mega-problems down the line.