How Water Worms Its Way Into Your Home
There are all kinds of ways that the home can suffer its dents and bumps throughout the year. Few are quite as serious and as expensive to fix as water damage, however. Water can soak into and ruin the vast majority of materials in the home, including the walls and furniture, as well as causing serious health problems. Prevention is always better than the cure, so here’s what you want to prevent.
The time when water damage most often becomes a serious problem in the homeowner is in the winter. When pipes freeze, they contract and expand, and resting water freezes. This can lead to pipes cracking and eventually bursting. You need to keep the home warm when possible and, in particular, you need to insulate your pipes. When you’re not at home, it’s a good idea to keep one faucet running even a little as moving water can help keeps pipes from freezing, but that’s only a temporary solution and you need to invest in permanent protection.
Wherever water travels, there’s a risk of corrosion. It should be no surprise that over time, this can lead to serious damage. Pipe and sprinkler corrosion can lead not only to a risk of leaks and bursts but, in the case of sprinklers, it can be a real fire risk, as well. Corrosion also leads to issues with your heating, as oxide sludge can build up in radiators and stop the heat from spreading through them. Unless they’re flushed, these blocked radiators can be a serious safety concern and liable to bust right open.
Your home is supposed to protect you from the outdoors, but the outdoors often finds a way of getting in if you’re not vigilant. Checking the home for air leaks is crucial, especially when it comes to the roof. You should check your roof at least twice a year, in particular before spring and winter, when the weather can get much worse. Gaps, cracks, and damage to roof tiles can cause water to infiltrate and start to drop and infect the home with mold and damp, which can do penetrating damage to the materials of the home and cause respiratory health issues. Beware of the gutters, too. Debris such as leaves, twigs, and other things can build up in them, leading to blockages that then cause water to gather until it starts seeping into the home.
Simply put, all things suffer from wear and tear over time. Many people make the mistake of not thinking about their plumbing until there’s an issue with it. However, if you’re more liable to take preventative maintenance measures, sometimes as simple as replacing a rubber washer once in awhile, you can avoid the vast majority of serious and expensive plumbing repairs down the line.
Beyond preventing it, be on the lookout for any signs of leaks, damp, mold, or other water where it simply shouldn’t be. With the tips above, you should stay high and dry most of the time, however.