How to Prevent Water Damage

Posted by admin in House and Home, House Tips on 11-09-2017

Most people think of a life-changing and destructive flood when they think about water damage. The truth is, however, you are more likely to experience water damage caused by preventable actions than by the hands of the weather. Thankfully, there are things that you can do as a homeowner to prevent water damage.

Keep those Gutters Clear
Gutters and downspouts are extremely important to keeping your home dry. When it rains, the gutters and downspouts move the water away from your home so that it doesn’t collect and pool around your foundation. Unfortunately, gutters and downspouts can easily become clogged and the water has nowhere to go, which means that water could seep through your roof or into your basement. That is why it’s important to make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and clear. Most experts recommend tending to gutters when you perform your seasonal cleaning.

Keep Grease away from the Sink
Grease is a major cause of clogged pipes that can lead to serious problems. And, despite what you may have heard, running hot water after pouring grease down the drain doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, and that grease can still stick around inside your pipes. Instead, dispose of the grease in an disposable container. Once the grease has hardened, simply toss it in the trash.

Don’t Wait those Leaks Out
Far too often, people see a leak, such as a pipe or faucet, and figure it’s not too bad and let it go for an extended period of time. This is a huge mistake that could lead to an even bigger problem. If you want to avoid those expensive bills associated with emergency water repair Houston, you’ll want to deal with any leaks as soon as possible.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners
We’ve all used them, those chemical drain cleaners available for a relatively cheap price that claim to keep your drains clean and clogged free. If you’re lucky, the only thing that will happen when using these products is that you’ll waste your hard earned money. The truth is, these do-it-yourself products contain caustic chemicals that can actually do more harm than good. Not only are they dangerous, put they can deteriorate and damage pipes. The best thing to do when dealing with clogs is to use a drain snake, which are inexpensive and readily available at hardware and department stores.

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