While there’s never a good time to have water damage in your home, by far the worst time for it to happen is when you’re away. More than anything, you’ll be prevented from fixing the problem, meaning it can cause much more damage to your property. Try the following tips to prevent water damage to your home while you’re not there.
1. Isolate your appliances
The first thing you should consider doing is turning off the water supply to the appliances that you won’t be using, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker. You should consider doing the same for sinks and toilets too, as these also have their own valves.
2. Replace your supply lines
It’s quite common for a property’s supply lines to be made of plastic. While this isn’t a problem in itself, plastic is more prone to damage, which can lead to leaks while you’re away. Simply upgrading to stainless steel pipes is an easy way to prevent this, and it’s not too expensive either.
3. Make sure your gutters are clean
One of the most common causes of water damage in the home is a clogged gutter. While you should clean your gutters out regularly anyway, it’s particularly important to do this before you go away. This will also allow you to inspect for any signs of damage that could also lead to a leak, and to fix these before they become a problem.
4. Make sure you’re protected against temperature drops
Again, this is something you should do for your property anyway, particularly if you live somewhere cold. Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to burst because water freezes inside them. This is a particular problem if it happens while you’re away because it can cause massive amounts of damage in very little time. Make sure your pipes are insulated and that you have frost-proof valves installed.
5. Buy an automatic shut-off valve
New smart valves can detect a leak in your water system, and then will shut off the water supply accordingly. This can be incredibly helpful for when you go away, particularly if you go away regularly. Pick one up in your local hardware store, or browse online for greater choice.
6. Turn off the mains valve
The final, and simplest option is to just turn off your main valve. This will completely cut off the entire water supply to the property, meaning you’ll have no reason to worry. However, this might not always be possible, but is the most effective option if there’s no reason why you’d need running water when you’re away.
Sorting out water damage
If you’ve ever returned home from vacation or a work trip to find water damage to your home, you’ll know that this can be a difficult problem to solve. Here at EZ Water Damage, we appreciate how leaving your water on while away can be a cause for concern. If you’ve found water damage in your home, give us a call to see how we can help get it sorted for you.