Avoid Water Damage in Your Home With These Tips

Avoid Water Damage in Your Home With These Tips

The following contribution is from another author.

Keeping up with home maintenance jobs is something that not many of us enjoy. After all, there’s so many other ways to spend your free time. There’s no doubt that home maintenance isn’t the most fun thing to do. But it’s definitely something essential you need to take care of. It seems like there’s tons of home maintenance jobs to keep on top of constantly. So, knowing which ones to prioritize can be tough. 

One area of maintenance that you always need to be on top of is your home’s plumbing. A plumbing problem can be disastrous for your home. But, if left unchecked, things can get really bad. Each year, many households make insurance claims for leaks and plumbing issues. Unfortunately, these problems are not always covered by insurance. This means that people end up covering the cost themselves. The cost, coupled with the stress and huge inconvenience of a plumbing issue, are all great reasons to protect your home from this problem. 

So, how can you avoid water damage from causing some major problems in your home? Take a look at these tips to find out:

Protect Your Pipes

Temperature changes are a normal part of life in most areas. While you may like the change from scorching hot temperatures of summer to the coolness of fall and winter, your plumbing probably doesn’t agree. Changes to the weather can impact your home’s plumbing negatively. The switch from hot weather to cool temperatures can cause your pipes to suddenly burst. This is because they often become so cold the water freezes inside and causes the pipes to burst. This can leave you stuck without water or heating. So, before the temperatures change, it’s a great idea to check your pipework for signs of leaks. Even if they are looking ok and standing up to the temperature, it’s good to add some protection. Adding some lagging to your pipes to insulate them will provide them with a decent amount of cover to withstand the cold temperatures. You should then be protected from a common cause of leaking pipes.

Spot the Signs Fast

No one wants the expense and hassle of handling a plumbing emergency. But not many people want to deal with issues that can be easily ignored either. So when you notice a small damp patch on your floor or a musty smell in the bathroom, it’s so tempting to pretend they’re not there. Ignoring the issue may mean you don’t need to think of it for a while. However, soon, you’ll need to address the problem. The sooner you do it, the more likely it will be simple to sort out. 

It’s better to act now when you spot a wet patch on the floor than to wait for it to spread. Before you know it, the ceiling could be weak and collapsing through onto the floor below. This is something you definitely don’t want to happen. So, working on the problem now could save a whole host of hassle and expense. 

Knowing what signs to look out for is vital. You need to be sure of how to detect a problem with your plumbing. Understanding what the signs of water damage actually look like is a great place to start. These subtle signs could appear as an obvious pool of water, a dripping sound, a musty smell, or a discolored patch. Noticing any of these is a good reason to call out a plumber. Your problem could be as simple as a washer that needs replacing or something needing to be tightened. However, it could be as serious as a hot water tank replacement. So, calling out a plumber fast to handle the issue is essential to avoid huge issues from developing.

Schedule Regular Servicing

One final and crucial way to avoid the issue of water damage in your house is to schedule regular servicing. Having your appliances serviced regularly is an excellent way to get ahead of any problems. So, scheduling a plumber to service your boiler and getting your HVAC system scheduled regularly is essential. These maintenance checks don’t need to be done yourself. So there’s no worries about them being a lot of hassle for you. But they can play a huge role in keeping your home completely free from water damage. 

Combining a proactive approach by checking your home for signs of water damage and scheduling regular servicing are essential. This will keep your home running well and free from issues like water damage.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).