Preventing Water Damage

Water damage can get out of control quickly. From ruining drywall to staining carpets, water damage is never a good thing. Stopping the leak before it happens is the most important step you can take.

• Visually inspect pipes for damage, sag, or cracks. If you have a healthy back and a crawl space, you are in luck, because you can inspect under the floor for any breaks. Slab owners might need to get an inspection camera involved. The good news is, most plumbing companies will warranty their sewers and main lines for around 20 years.

•  Use the braided metal supply lines, not the cheap rubber ones. You can have more than 80 pounds of water pressure being supplied to your washing machine, toilet, ice maker, dishwasher and other appliances. It's not common, but when a rubber supply line bursts, it will destroy your house. There is a reason almost every apartment complex mandates a braided metal supply line.
*If you live in the South don't let a plumber use a braided metal line on your water heater. Make them hard pipe it. With water heaters, O-Rings fail quicker than they do with other appliances, and then a leak might become an issue.

• Install a leak detector. With advances in technology, leak detectors have become inexpensive and easy to install. Anyone with wifi and a smartphone could install a device that would let them know when a leak is happening just about anywhere in the world.

With these simple tips, you can keep your house water damage free for a long time.