How safe do you think your home is while you are away working 9 to 5 or on vacation? Although most homeowners and tenants tend to underestimate the risks of indoor flooding, it is one of the most common causes of water damage in homes. Anyone who has experienced the ordeal can attest to its physical, social, financial, and emotional impact but you can easily keep your home out of harm’s way by following these three tips:
Understand the Possible Causes
Although some cases of indoor flooding are inevitable, you should be shrewd enough to recognize and assess all potential indicators of flood risks in your house. As such, you need to understand the common causes of indoor flooding and address them straight away. In other words, it is prudent to troubleshoot clogged rain gutters and sink drains, malfunctioning sump pump, overfull septic tank, faulty washing machine hose, and leaky water heaters.
Install Appropriate Flood Prevention Systems
Like it or lump it, even the most reliable plumbing infrastructure is susceptible to damage or even total failure. To avoid post-flood regrets and self-reproach, you need to install appropriate prevention systems while taking into consideration all the “what-ifs” when assessing your plumbing fixtures that you think have the highest potential for leaks. For instance, you may need a backup sump pump (possibly, battery-powered), solenoid valves, water leak sensors and alarms, automatic water shut off systems, and several appliance-specific systems. However costly they may seem, these systems can save you thousands of dollars and spare you the hassle of restoring your home after the flood.
Repair or Replace Faulty Plumbing Infrastructure
Of course, sometimes it may seem expensive to fix faulty plumbing fixtures and appliances, but better safe than sorry. In a nutshell, ignore the risks and you could find yourself sloshing around smelly carpeting, soaked upholstery, and sodden furniture. Damp stains and mold on indoor walls, floors, and ceilings should sound alarm bells for every homeowner or tenant: they are some of the indicators of hidden plumbing leaks. Therefore, always make a point of hiring a licensed plumber to troubleshoot unusual faucet leaks, diagnose, and (if necessary) repair or replace damaged pipe and tank insulation.
All in all, indoor plumbing issues are just as dangerous as heavy rains since they can cause massive damage to your flooring, electronics, furniture, and other keepsakes. If moving is not an option, then it is advisable to take precautionary measures lest you suffer the damages and post-flood health risks. As such, it is important to understand the possible causes of indoor flooding so that you can either install appropriate prevention systems or seek out the services of a licensed plumber as soon as you detect potential water leaks.