What Water Companies Tell Us To Protect Against Water Damage

Your home is a lifetime investment and it’s important to take extra precautions in ensuring it remains in good condition throughout your lifetime.  Unfortunately, there are unforeseen circumstances that can result in severe home damages.  Water damage to your home can not only ruin belongings such as furniture and personal belongings (some of which may be invaluable due to sentimental reasons), but can also severely damage the structure of your home by ruining flooring and insulation.

Repairing severe water damage can be extremely costly and takes time.  For many, flooding is only a concern when living in flood zones and they fail to consider the network of pipes that connect to a water supply, allowing for running water throughout the home.  Any of these pipes or fixtures are susceptible to wear and damage.  If they do fail, the water has nowhere to go other than spread throughout your home.  There are some relatively inexpensive ways to help protect against this type of damage or help reduce and address any damage water flow may have caused.

Backwater Valves and Flood Guards

If you live in an area that experiences regular natural flooding, you should definitely invest some time in preventative maintenance.  According to National Water Service it’s important perform regular gutter cleaning so that water can drain from the roof easily and install backwater valves on sewer lines and floor drains in low lying areas.  Backwater valves are great to help prevent sewage from flowing back into the home by recognizing the backflow, closing, and cutting off the flow.  Floor drains are great for assisting with any floor water leaking or flooding, but they can get backed up.  Flood guards seal off the drain opening.  If sewer water backs up, it pushes the float inside the guard up to seal the drain opening.  Once the sewer water starts to drain and go down, the float also goes down and reopens the drain.

Back-up Pump System

A common cause of flood damage within the home is failure of the sump pump.  Sometimes these issues have to do with improper installation or even having the wrong sized pump.  If you don’t know whether your home’s pump is the right size or are unsure about any other issues it may have, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a plumber to avoid unexpected failure.

If your pump is all set and functioning well, consider flood prevention options.  It’s a good idea to install a secondary backup sump pump.  We recommend choosing a water or battery powered pump since they would still function and prevent flooding in the event of a power outage.  Once you’ve installed a backup pump, it might be a good idea to also reevaluate your pump switch.  When your primary fails, you’ll want a pump switch that has an alarm or other indicator to alert you of failure and that you’ve switched over to your secondary.  The SumpWatcher and the Hi-Lo Pump Switch are two options that offer an alarmed feature.

Whole House Protection Systems

Leaks and floods can occur when you’re not home (for instance, a pipe can burst), so it’s a good idea to install a system that can shut off your main supply when you aren’t around.  The Flo-N-Stop wireless control system is automatic and will shut off water supply if there are any issues detected with your water system.  It also has a manual feature that allows you to place a convenient switch at your most used point of entry/exit in your home.  Whenever you leave for an extended period of time, you can easily shut off your main water supply and have peace of mind.  Systems like this cost a few hundred dollars or more, but they are a reliable way to control the water flow in your home, especially when the unexpected occurs.

Household floods can occur at any time, even if you don’t live in a natural flood zone.  Take the necessary steps to help keep your home protected and avoid unnecessary damage.  It may seem like a lot of work for something that may never happen, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.