Tips on Preventing Water Damage

Here
are a few tips to prevent water damage:
 

·       
Leaky plumbing and
water heaters – plumbing should be inspected annually and repaired for signs of
leaks or corrosion. 

·       
Clogged drain lines
on air conditioning units – check air-conditioning drain lines annually.

·       
Leaks from washing
machine hoses, refrigerators and ice makers – inspect these annually and
replace them every three to five years – or immediately, if signs of cracking
or bulging appear. 

·       
Water shutoff valves
– teach everyone in your household how to close off valves to the main water
supply in the house. Check the foundation – inspect your foundation walls and
floors for cracks. Move the gutter downspouts a minimal of 3 feet away from the
base. 

·       
Pressure testing
gauge – a major cause of leaks and burst pipes is stress and strain from water
pressure set too high.  Most hardware stores sell a simple, inexpensive
water pressure gauge. For an accurate reading of your water pressure, attach
the gauge to an outdoor faucet, then turn the faucet on full force. If the
number is above the recommended PSI, you will likely need to purchase a pressure-reducing
valve. 

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