Simple plumbing tips that can prevent water damage

Posted by Matt Buchanan

Our regular blog readers know that we spend a lot of our blogging efforts trying to help people make sure they don’t ever have to use our water damage services. Yeah, we’re weird like that. But the truth is, there is a lot of work for everybody to go around, and we like to think that we’re bringing good karma our way by helping people like you avoid costly accidents. So with that said, here’s some things you should consider doing if you want to reduce the chances of suffering home water damage.

 

Tips for your home’s plumbing

 

Did you know the average water damage repair job takes around 45 days to complete? That’s a month and half of strangers coming into your home, loud noises, machines running day and night…it’s like that scene out of ET when they discover him. Despite our best attempts to make it as painless as possible, there’s no getting around the fact it’s just not a process you ever want to find yourself going through. So take the advice below and it will greatly reduce the chances of you having to deal with us!

 

Don’t leave the house with water running.

If you’re running the washing machine and have to leave the house, turn it off and then restart it when you get back. And if you’re planning on being gone for a long time, turn off the water to the home completely.

 

If you have rubber supply line hoses, replace them with metal hoses.

rubber-supply-line-failureOne of the biggest types of water damage losses we see each year is from old rubber hose supply lines giving out and causing flooding damage. It’s usually from the washing machine, but it can be any supply line really. Inspect your home’s supply lines and if you have any rubber hoses, go ahead and replace them with one of these guys. Stainless steel supply lines are much more durable and less prone to corrosion and wear, meaning they’ll hold to the¬†water pressure over time and could end up saving you a bundle!

 

Flush your water heater tank every 6 months.

This one is so easy to do, but almost no one does it. What ends up happening is the mineral deposits from the water corrode the water heater tank more quickly and cause it to fail completely. Bly flushing the system twice a year you can greatly reduce mineral build up and corrosion.

 

Obviously there is a lot more prevention you can do to your home and its plumbing systems, but these steps can at least get you started and are fairly easy. Of course, if you have any questions or are worried you can’t perform the tasks, you can always call a local plumber and have them perform an audit of your home and do any tasks necessary to help prevent future water damage!

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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