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How to Avoid Costly Water Damage

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Water damage is a hassle. You don’t want to blow your budget on repairs and spend your summer worrying about finances! Read the following to learn more about simple steps you can follow to keep your house safe from water damage and your wallets flush with money to spend!

Get Outside

  1. Hoses: A super easy thing you can do today that will prevent water damage tomorrow is to disconnect hoses when not in use. Standing water can pool at the base of the house causing unnecessary and unavoidable damage to your home. If you aren’t using it, empty out that hose!
  2. Pipe Lines: You need to become intimately familiar with the layout of your house. Find out where all your utility pipes are located and ensure that your landscaping isn’t obscuring or overtaking them. While your yard looks luscious and beautiful when it’s overgrown, your pipes don’t appreciate it. Roots can crowd and strangle your pipes causing severe damage and sometimes breaking them entirely. Try to keep your yard well pruned or eliminate landscaping around utility pipes.
  3. Gutters: In order for your gutters to do their job, you have to help them out a little bit. Cleaning out your gutters roughly twice a year helps to prevent standing water, which can damage the gutters and even your roof! Not only that, but too much gunk in the gutter can cause overflow leading to puddling at the base of your house. This can lead to expensive foundation problems. Incurring the small cost of having the gutters cleaned, or putting the time in to clean them yourself, twice a year is much more manageable and less anxiety inducing than breaking the bank over foundation repairs.
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Know the Main

Do you know where your water main is? The water main is responsible for bringing water into your house. If you’re away for an extended period of time, do you really need water pouring into your house and potentially leaking out of faucets? No, you don’t. You can shut off the main when you’re away to banish any possibility of leaks in your absence!

Be Proactive

It’s easy to dismiss a small water spot here or there and tell yourself that you’ll get around to addressing that issue later but waiting will make the problem worse. Water damage leads to mold, dry rot and other unpleasant and expensive problems that are totally unavoidable! Call a professional at the first sight of water damage to nip that problem in the bud before it spirals out of control.

Water Detection Devices

These little machines are your saving grace. You more than likely have smoke detectors in your house that are there to monitor your living situation and ensure that you are safe in your home. Water detection devices do the very same thing! They are able to detect minimal levels of moisture and alert you to the presence of slow leaks that often go unnoticed until they’re a bigger problem. Place these devices near water heaters, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers so that they can detect a problem before it’s a disaster and you can keep your home safe from damage!

Have a Water Leak? How to Stop the Flood

Monday, July 31st, 2017

If you’ve ever had a water leak in your home, you know that a minor inconvenience can quickly become an expensive lesson. Fortunately, a minor water leak doesn’t have to become a full-blown disaster. Here are tips to help you stop the flood in your home, before major damage and expenses accumulate.

Stop the Flow
Although it may seem obvious, the first step is to locate the leak and turn off the water at its source. Locate all of the shutoff valves in your home and turn off the water. If you cannot determine where the water is coming from, you may need to shut off water to the whole house. If your home is serviced by a well, the shutoff can typically be found on the house side of the pressure tank. If your home has a water meter, the whole-house shutoff often can be found near the meter itself. If not, it may be an in-ground valve covered by a metal plate. If you do not know where your whole-house shutoff is, it may be wise to contact your water utility or a licensed plumber to find out before you are faced with a flood emergency. If your dishwasher is leaking, the first place to look is under the sink. If you can’t find the valve under the sink and you have a basement, look between the ceiling beams just below the appliance. Is the water leak coming from your toilet? The shutoff valve is typically an oval-shaped handle underneath the toilet tank. If your clothes washer is the source of the leak, the shutoff valves are generally located where the lines that supply your house meet the washer hoses. If your roof is leaking, cover the roof with a tarp to prevent water damage in your home. If you can’t stop the water flow, call a licensed plumber immediately.

Dispose of Water
Get water removed from your home as soon as possible. Although you might be tempted to use a water vacuum and do the job yourself, many homeowners opt to use a professional water removal service. Once the water has been removed, make sure you open up windows and doors to allow your home to air out and dry. Although visible water will be removed, it’s important to address any trapped or hidden water. Hidden water can cause a mold problem, which can present health hazards. Your insurance company may be able to refer you to a disaster recovery company who can identify problem areas and remove the water quickly and efficiently.

Safeguard Your Valuables
Protect your computer equipment, important paperwork and any valuables to prevent them from being damaged. Move valuable items to a dry room or put items in storage if necessary. Be sure to keep important documents such as medical records readily accessible in case of a medical emergency.

Document the Damage
Document any water damage caused by the water leak and take photos. Talk to your insurance agent to determine the type of coverage you have. Is there a deductible? Should you wait for an adjuster before making any repairs? Does your policy require you to take steps to keep damage from getting worse before an adjuster arrives? Does your policy reimburse you for staying in a hotel if your home is uninhabitable? Regardless of your coverage, provide your agent with an accurate assessment of the damage and repairs needed.

Prevent Future Leaks
If you’ve had a water leak, it’s wise to have your plumbing inspected. Call a professional who can inspect your plumbing and make necessary repairs. If any problems are identified, get a quote so you can budget for repairs. If you have plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

A Worn Washing Machine Hose is a Disaster in Waiting

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

A washing machine hose is a vital component of one of your home’s most used appliances. In fact, most washers utilize three hoses, both hot and cold water supply hoses as well as a single discharge hose. Since the hoses attach to the back of the machine, they are often out of sight and go unnoticed. That is until one develops a leak or ruptures and you find yourself standing in a pool of water wondering where it all came from. The following post will discuss the importance of regular washing machine hose inspection; the warning signs to watch for as well as the consequences should a hose rupture.

Regular Inspection is Important
A homeowner should visually inspect all three of their washing machine hoses at least once a year. While it would be impossible to ignore a ruptured hose due to the vast amount of water flowing through your home, a hose that develops a small leak or drip could go unnoticed. Even a small leak can ruin flooring and baseboard over time. Even worse, the damp conditions caused by the leak will create a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew spores.

Warning Signs of a Weak Hose
Determining when to replace your washing machine supply and discharge hoses can be difficult. To be on the safe side, if your hoses are over five years old, you should have them replaced immediately. The costs of hose replacement will pale in comparison to how much you will spend repairing your home should one fail. With that being said, there are signs you can look for to determine the condition of your hoses. Most washing machine supply hoses are made of rubber. If your hoses lose their flexibility or you notice small hairline cracks in their surface, you should contact your plumber for replacement even if they are not leaking.

Consequences of a Ruptured Washing Machine Hose
A ruptured washing machine hose can dump hundreds if not thousand of gallons of water into your home. If this unfortunate circumstance occurs, you could face significant water damage throughout your home. Flooring, cabinetry, walls and baseboard are all susceptible to water damage. In addition, the damp conditions could invite the growth of mold and mildew, a known health hazard. The repairs could be expensive especially after factoring in the mold remediation costs necessary to protect you and your family from the toxic spores produced by the mold and mildew.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.