While communities across the globe practice social distancing, the last thing you should do is let other people into your home — including your plumber. Here are seven tips for avoiding plumbing issues and water damage over the next few months.
- Don’t clog your drains
To avoid clogs, never pour fat, oil or grease into the kitchen sink. Also, be sure that your sink strainer is in place to collect bits of food.
In addition, regularly clean the hair and gunk out of your shower drain to prevent bathroom clogs. Here too, a strainer can help.
- Know the location of the water shut-off valve
Every homeowner, including you, needs to know where the main water shut-off valve is. This way you can immediately close the valve to prevent any further water damage should a pipe or hose burst.
- Inspect appliance hoses
Habitually check the hoses that lead to your washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher and water heater. If you notice any cracks or leaks, replace them right away.
- Inspect plumbing and heating pipes
You should also regularly perform a visual inspection of your home’s exposed pipes, looking for cracks and leaks. If you find any and fail to deal with the issue in short order, it can quickly get worse.
- Be careful about what you flush
To keep your toilet clog-free, avoid flushing items such as paper towels, baby wipes, cotton pads, Q-tips and feminine hygiene products. Toilet paper is the only type of product you should flush down your toilet.
If you do have a clog in your toilet (or sink, for that matter), avoid using chemical drain cleaners, as they can damage pipes. Use a plunger or research alternative solutions.
- Inspect showers and bathtubs
Look for cracks in showers and tubs and make sure the seal and caulking are watertight. Reseal any cracks with caulking to prevent leaks under your tub or shower.
- Clean your downspouts and gutters
Remove leaves and debris that build up in your downspouts and gutters to ensure that rainwater doesn’t back up and pool around the outside of your house (this is a major cause of basement flooding). In addition, be sure that your downspouts are positioned away from your home.
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Even if you take the right precautions, accidents can happen. Turn to the experienced team at MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd. to obtain a home insurance policy that reimburses you for water damage. Contact us today to find out more or to get a free quote.