Water damage is a year-round threat. Repairing water-damaged walls and floors can be messy, stressful, and even expensive. Every change you have to prevent water damage is a bargain. Here are the most common causes of home water damage plus some suggestions to avoid future repair costs.
Water damage is often caused by plumbing issues. Inspect the plumbing systems in your home at least once a year to ensure that there aren’t any problems with hoses or pipe joints. You should also keep in mind that plumbing pipes have a long lifespan. Brass pipes can last for as many as 70 years while copper pipes can last for more than 50 years. The average lifespan for galvanized steel pipes is often between 20 and 50 years.
Drain pipes are usually made of either cast iron (which can last for as many as 100 years) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Properly maintained PVC pipes can last indefinitely. Check your home inspection report or consult a licensed plumber to learn about the lifespan of the plumbing pipes in your home.
Be on the watch for an unusually high water bill as an indicator of an undetected leak. Buying a water leak sensor that sends alerts to your phone is one way to safeguard your home. You should also check around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks for any soft spots or moisture. Keep an eye out for loose tiles as well. If you have a dishwasher or a refrigerator with a water line, look for warped or discolored floorboards.
Aging Water Heaters
Water heaters have a limited lifespan. You should replace it before it rusts out and spills a dirty mess into your home. A traditional model lasts about 10- 15 years; the new tank-less water heater can last for as many as 20 years.
You can find out how old your water heater is by looking up the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the water heater. Regularly inspect, checking for signs of moisture build-up, mold or corrosion. If you see rust coming from your faucets, it’s time to call a plumber or water heater specialist.
Leaky Washing Machine
One of the most boring chores can become an expensive problem. If yours leaks, more than 600 gallons of water could potentially spill out within an hour. Expect even more significant water damage if your washing machine is located on the second floor.
Take a few minutes and a few dollars and replace your washing machine supply hose every five years. Also, resist the temptation to overload your washing machine. Constantly stuffing too many clothes into your washing machine could loosen gaskets and valves or cause cracks.
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