How to prevent water damage before it happens
Have you ever seen you water bill go up exponentially without reason? You may be experiencing water damage. Water damage is a costly and destructive phenomenon that is common to the Lynchburg area. If you’ve ever experienced it before you know that water damage can easily occur in a basement or level of your house that is bellow or next to a hill. When water damage occurs, it can cost thousands of dollars to remove. However, if it is not removed, it can erode your house and cause dangerous situations for your family. Luckily, there are some pretty easy ways to prevent it from happening.
Don’t pour chemicals or grease down drains
As many of you may know leaky pipes are a likely culprit to water damage. They’re in your walls so you cannot see them which makes the leaks hard to detect. However, an easy way to lower your chances of leaky pipes is to not pour grease down your drains. Grease can cause buildups in your pipes which causes pressure that can result in leaks. Therefore, don’t dispose of grease down your drains. Instead, dump it into the trash.
However, if you accidently pour grease down your drains do not use chemicals to get it out. Chemicals can erode your pipes which also cause leaks. Because of this, dispose of chemicals in dumps and do not use them to get rid of grease in your pipes. The best way to get rid of grease is by using a hose or a drain snake.
Keep plants at a far distance from your house
You may experience an urge to plant bushes or trees right next to your house. They may look great there, but they are making your likelihood of water damage much higher. Bushes and trees have big root chains that can be invasive. These invasive roots can burrow through the concrete of your house and open holes in your basement’s cement. This allows for water to seep through the holes and cause water damage. To avoid this, it is safe to plant smaller bushes three feet from your house and bigger bushes five feet away.
Make sure your gutters are clean
While it may be tiresome to clean your gutters, it is important. If gutters become clogged with leaves and debris the water that would normally drain right off your roof will accumulate and could leak through your roof or be released into other areas of the house. Roof gutters have a purpose and it is important for your house’s safety for them to be clear.
Check the lines going to washing machines and refrigerators
With as much water that your washing machines and refrigerators use, it is important to make sure their pipes are still in good shape. All the water that passes through those lines could wear out the pipes and may occasionally need to be replaced. If they are not replaced in due time, water could leak from those pipes and cause water damage in your walls.