Even a small water leak in your basement or ceiling can cause extensive water damage that will be costly to repair. To avoid water damage in your house, be on guard against leaks in your plumbing system or from the roof and windows when it rains.
Here are a few steps you can take to minimize the threat of water damage to your home:
- Add or update drainage – Water from the roof gutters and downspouts must be diverted away from your house and its foundation. Make sure that rainwater will not accumulate close to your home as it can seep into the house’s foundation and into the basement.
- Install a sump pump – If water has been accumulating in your basement, a sump pump will help. For longevity, consider a highly durable cast-iron pump. Install a sump pump with back-up battery power so your pump continues to operate, even when there is a power outage.
- Update windows and doors – Install watertight windows and doors to protect against water leaks. Clean and repaint older wood windows and doors. Seal any cracks that you see. Older windows should be re-glazed.
- Replace your old pipes – If you live in an older house, call a plumber who can check on the condition of your water pipes. If your home uses PVC pipes, they need to be replaced every 25 to 40 years.
- Check your roof regularly – Watch for worn or missing shingles and replace them before the next rainfall.
- Seal your basement – Apply new silicate-based sealers and a fresh coat of paint to the basement area to help ward off water damage.
- Replace washing machine supply hoses – This should be done every three to five years. Do not wait until you notice a leak before you replace them.