Tips For Avoiding Water Damage In Your Home

As I sit at my desk today, I find myself listening to the rain outside. It’s a lovely sound but it has me thinking that it might be a good time to revisit a topic that I’ve posted about more than once! Water damage. Or, perhaps more importantly, how to avoid it in your home.

My desire to revisit the topic of water damage, may also have something to do with the plumbing trucks currently parked on the sidewalk outside of my home office.

So without further ado, here are a few tips on how to protect your home from water damage. Hope they help!

Tips for Avoiding Water Damage in your home:
  1. Make sure your roof is in good shape.  Shingles should be flat (not curled!) and holes and missing shingles repaired and replaced.
  2. Clean your eavestroughs and downspout.
  3. Aging water heaters have a tendency to leak. Have have them inspected and flushed annually to see if replacement is necessary.
  4. Ensure proper grading of your house. Landscaping should be sloped away from the house so that water drains away from it.
  5. Professionally install a sump pump with a battery or generator backup.
  6. Install backwater valves (if it is allowed by local by-laws) as they help prevent sewer backup.
  7. Keep basement drains clean and clear.
  8. If you live in an area with large and mature trees, consistent follow-up is required to make sure sewer lines are clear of tree roots.
  9. If you live in an area where you have a septic system, beware of slow drains as they are usually a sign of impending doom.  Make sure to service your system regularly.
  10. Make sure that your window wells and doors are all properly sealed. Replace caulking or weather stripping as necessary.
  11. Properly install downspouts away from your home (and of course not into another dwelling or directly into the sewer!)
  12. Inspect seals and hoses around your appliances and fixtures for wear and tear.
  13. When you are away on vacation or leaving your home alone for an extended period, shut off the water to all appliances.
  14. Know where you water shut off valve is.
  15. When storing items in the basement, keep them away from the walls and off the floors.
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