Prevent Your Home Against Water Damage

Posted on: August 15th, 2016 by Ashton Service Group

Water damage is one of the most common and costly challenges facing homeowners. Below are four things a homeowner can do to safeguard their home against preventable and expensive water damage.

Ways to minimize the risk of water damage

Install water alarm system. Operates like smoke detectors but warns of leaks from toilets, water heaters, overflowing baths and sinks. Simply place a sensor near any water source and a high-pitched alarm will sound to alert you to a water leak. There are sophisticated ones where they can send you messages, alerts or text messages to your phone if you are out of town or away.

Install stainless steel braided hoses.

braided hoses

Stainless steel hoses are less likely to deteriorate than the plastic hoses. Dishwasher and washing machine hoses should be inspected and replaced every 3-5 years as they experience wear and tear over time.

Use a rain barrel.

rain barrel

Rain barrels keep rainwater out of overloaded storm sewer infrastructures and provide water for use in your garden and trees.

Connect an eavestrough downspout extension.

Extend the eavestrough at least 6 feet from foundation walls to prevent water from draining into your basement, and direct it towards the street.

Protecting your home from inside and outside leaks can prevent expensive and time-consuming repairs. This will also protect your family from the moisture, mildew and mold that comes from water damage.

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