Tips For Preventing Water Damage In Your Home

Water leaks can easily cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. However, identifying water leaks before they cause mold or mildew growth, drywall damage, or structural damage is a difficult task. Follow these tips to keep the water in your home in your pipes rather than in your walls or floorboards:

Maintain Your Appliances

These appliances can cause significant water damage to your home if they're not properly maintained:

  • Dishwasher

    • Your dishwasher can leak water from four different points—the water supply line, drain line, door, and air gap. Inspect your supply and drain lines for loose clamps. Tighten the loose clamps with a flat screwdriver if they're leaking.

    • If your door gasket is falling off or torn, then purchase a replacement gasket from your manufacturer. Otherwise, small streams of water will leak from your dishwasher door.

    • Your dishwasher's air gap (the small fixture next to your faucet's sprayer nozzle) will only leak water if the drain line is clogged. If water leaks from your air gap, remove your drain line and clear any obstructions to fix the problem.

  • Water Heater

    • Your water heater is designed to leak a small amount of water through its temperature and pressure relief valve. If your water heater was professionally installed, then there's likely a small basin underneath your water heater to account for the water that leaks from the relief valve.

    • However, if you're noticing a significant amount of leakage from your relief valve, then your water heater's thermostat may need to be adjusted. If your thermostat is adjusted correctly, then your valve may be malfunctioning. Contact a plumber to repair either of these issues.

  • Air Conditioner

    • Your air conditioner's evaporator coil (the component that cools air) can become completely frozen when other components need to be replaced. When you turn off your air conditioning system, your evaporator coil will thaw and leak a large volume of water into your air ducts or along your wall—depending on the type of unit that you own.

    • Frequently replace your air filter and clean your blower motor to prevent your evaporator coil from freezing. Additionally, arrange for annual inspections of your system to make sure other components, such as your compressor or condenser, are operating correctly.

As you can see, each of these appliances are potential sources of water damage. However, by regularly maintaining them, you can prevent them from causing damage to your home.

Have A Plumber Inspect Your Plumbing System

Although your plumbing system may seem like it's functioning just fine, there's always a possibility that certain pipes underneath your flooring or throughout your walls have developed leaks as a result of old age or corrosive minerals—and since these pipes are completely out of sight, inspecting them by yourself is not a viable option. Even if you were to tear into your walls and flooring, it's unlikely that you would notice small plumbing issues such as pinhole leaks or copper pitting.

However, a professional plumber can use specialized equipment, such as a sewer line camera, to inspect the pipelines throughout your home—without even having to tear into your walls. Hiring a plumber to perform a plumbing inspection every couple years will give you the opportunity to perform preventative maintenance rather than emergency repairs.

By following these tips, you can make sure that your home remains completely free of any water damage. However, if certain areas of your home begin showing signs of damage, then don't wait to contact a professional water damage restoration company. A professional restoration contractor will not only identify and fix the source of the damage, but restore the damaged area of your home as well—which will make it look as if water damage never occurred in your home.