5 ways to protect your home from water damage

Who doesn’t like saving money and keeping their home in the best condition? Water damage can be a shock to any homeowner and can cause significant damage to your property and also take a big chunk out of your wallet. 

Water damage can be an expensive and time consuming issue to repair, so follow these tips to help avoid water damage in your home: 

Check your home for leaks

It is so easy for minor leaks to go undetected which can cause more damage as time passes and these issues aren’t addressed. Something as small as a leaky tap can leak out 57 gallons of water in just one week. It is important that you check underneath your sinks and around your appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines for signs of stray water.

Know the location of the main water shut-off valve 

This is an important one to know, in case you need to cut all water during an emergency. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send a large amount of water into your home. Knowing the location of the main water shut-off valve and how to shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.

Reseal your basement

Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you’ve never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.

Install gutter guards 

There are also things that you should be doing to the exterior of your home to prevent water damage. You should install gutter guards at your home to prevent gutter clogs and to continue keeping the water flowing away from your house instead of accumulating on the roof.

Install an emergency pressure release valve 

In your home’s plumbing system you should install an emergency pressure release valve. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting during those cold winter nights.

Whether you want to have a professional come make sure your home is protected against water damage or you already have water damage and just need repair, FiveStar Plumbing & HVAC can do the job. Give us a call to get an estimate, 615-205-8630.