Tips to Protect your Home from Water Damages
22 Jan 2018
The rainy season is coming and if you are like me, living on the 5th floor has its advantages such that what worries me is if the roof has a leak or the verandah floods and the water gets into the house. For those who live in bungalows and ground-floor water might flow into the house if not well prevented. Floods can strike anytime, anywhere. Most times when it happens it becomes an expensive natural disaster if it is from the rains or just plain expensive if it is from a leaking tap. Sometimes all it takes is a leaking pipe and all your household valuables will be destroyed. For most homeowners, water damage is perhaps one of the most common problem experienced. To ensure that this does not happen, here are some of the tips to consider. These tips are not only applicable during the rainy season but also all-season round since a faulty faucet could set a homeowner back financially.
Ensure that all your important documents, valuables, and photographs are stored in waterproof containers. Always move these items from areas that are prone to floods or come into contact with water. To reduce electrical shock, ensure that your electrical cords and extensions do not just lie anywhere on the floor.
Just before the rainy season, it is important that you ensure to clear your drains and remove any materials that could clog them. When done, test and ensure that the drainages are working effectively. The aim of this is to ensure that the water is drained at an appropriate spot like the garden. At the same time, try and slope your compound away from the foundation.
Check your bathroom walls and the roof for cracks that could let in water. Water from the bathroom wall could create mold if it continues to leak. Inspect your hosepipes for cracks that could cause leakages and either repair or replace them.
If you are planning to travel, shut off the main water valve to your home. If you need to leave it on, turn off the water supply to the washing machine or other appliances that will not be used.
Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective hat” on. Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!