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How To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Scott Jefferson | Thursday, December 12, 2013

Whether it’s a dripping refrigerator hose or a backed up sump pump, water is a homeowners worst nightmare. It leaks, drips, seeps, and floods its way to the top of the list as the most damaging cause of loss to homes. Fortunately a little hard work and planning can help you reduce the likelihood of major water damage. Here are some helpful pointers for homeowners:

- Install an automatic leak detection system. These systems can detect leaks, and automatically cut the water supply.


- Check sinks and toilets for signs of leaks. Toilet leaks are one of the leading causes of residential water related losses.

-Install a water-powered back-up unit on your sump pump. This will ensure that your sump pump stays operational in the event of a power failure or failure of the primary pump.

- Replace rubber hoses on appliances with steel-braided hoses.  Rubber hoses have a tendency to crack and break over time. Cracked hoses result in slow leaks that can go weeks without notice. 

- Make sure you furnace, water heater, and electrical panels are above the expected high water mark. Keeping these items out of harms way can help you avoid damage to critical equipment.

- Seal the walls of your base with water-proofing compounds. Properly sealed walls can help prevent seepage and lighten the load on your sump pump in the event of a major storm.

- Install check valves in sewer traps. Check values can prevent flood water and sewage from backing up through drains in your homes.

- Purchase flood insurance. Flood insurance protects you in the event that two or more properties or acres of normally dry land are inundated with water.

- Inspect water heaters for signs of rust and leaks. Signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its usual life can help you avoid major losses. Install a pan or floor drain near the water heater if possible.

- Insulate exposed pipes. An insulated pipe can help prevent freezing and bursting of pipes, which can be extremely damaging to your home.

- Keep your roof and gutters clear of debris and snow. A clean roof and gutter system helps promote proper drainage, and prevents the formation of ice dams.

Clarke & Sampson has been protecting homeowners and their properties since 1946. For more information, including information on preferred contractors and water systems in the Alexandria area, give us a call!