Avoid major water damage

April 26, 2021by Patrick Schaible0

It doesn’t take an earthquake to cause severe water damage to your home. It would be best if you kept an eye out for these minor water issues. They could turn into massive home water problems. Let’s explore a few of them here.

1. Kinks and cracks in the refrigerator water line

Your fridge is great for keeping some beers cold on a hot day, but damage to its water line could spill water all over the floor and lead to further water damage.

Located on the back of the fridge, these water lines are usually plastic, copper, or steel.

If the line is leaking, unplug the refrigerator so that you avoid the risk of electrocution. Then shut off the water valve, which should be either behind the fridge or underneath the sink.

An annual maintenance checkup on your fridge would determine when your water lines are getting worn, allowing you to replace them.

2. Corroded water heater pipes

Whenever you take a shower, that pleasant hot water comes from your water heater. Over time these pipes can become corroded.

The corrosion happens where steel and copper pipes meet, carrying water. Such corrosion causes a chemical reaction called Galvanic Corrosion.

This corrosion is the same phenomenon that turned the Statue of Liberty green. Imagine what it’s doing inside your pipes! Damage from corrosion often leads to a pipe burst, causing flood damage to your property and interrupting your nice hot shower.

A simple annual checkup efficiently prevents corroded water heater pipes.

3. Dripping from a leaky faucet

It may look like a small drip, but it could be a big deal. According to legend, leaky faucets were a torture tactic in ancient China!

Erosion, corrosion, defective parts, worn seals, or maybe just your kids messing with it often result in a leaky faucet.

In some cases, the constant dripping can raise water bills by up to 10 percent! Maybe the Chinese were on to something, after all.

If you notice a leaky faucet, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as you can.

An annual inspection is all that you need to prevent your AC from damaging your carpet.

4. Cracked or missing caulk

Plumbers use caulk to seal tubs and sinks and prevent water from seeping into the cracks between the ceramic and the wall. But over time, caulk can deteriorate and lead to problems.

Issues from caulk are accelerated if the caulk is improperly installed, poor quality, or has degraded over time. It could also be because your house is warping or settling, which houses naturally do over time.

In any case, you do not want caulk to crack or fall off. If water gets where the caulk used to be, there could be mold growing in your sink or shower, making you and your family sick. In some cases, the mold can even get behind the wall and become a severe problem requiring expensive remediation.

The best solution to this problem is to prevent it by regularly updating the caulk you have and checking for any possible breakage.

5. Rust in your toilet tank

Rust in your toilet tank is often the result of rusty pipes or sometimes from the rusting of equipment inside the tank.

Rust build-up often leads to your toilet decaying, and eventually, you will need to purchase a new one.

It’s wise to have a plumber look at any rust you see in your water. It could indicate something serious and help avoid potential water damage.

6. Cracked washing machine supply lines

Like refrigerator lines, these may degrade over time due to normal wear and tear.

Washing machine lines carry quite a lot of water. If one of them pops out of the wall, a whopping 650 gallons per hour can come out.

You do not want to come back from your Disney vacation to find that kind of water on the floor! That’s why you need to get this checked out if you think your washing machine might be leaking.

7. Cracked Air Conditioning drain pan

A leaky air conditioning unit is not a good thing. The leak could come from the drain pan, preventing excess water from dripping into your living room.

Over years of wear and tear, and sometimes rapidly in extreme weather, the drain pan can crack, allowing the escape of water everywhere.

An annual inspection is all that you need to prevent your AC from damaging your carpet. The HVAC experts at Schaible’s perform several hundred of these inspections every year, which can sustain the life of your system and push expensive replacement costs into the future.

8. Malfunctioning Sump Pump

A sump pump is a device that prevents groundwater from seeping into your basement.

If you have one already, you should test it now. It could be clogged, frozen, or overwhelmed.

If you don’t have a sump pump, Schaible’s provides complete installation service and can recommend, source, and install a sump pump ideal for your home.

Preventing water damage to your home

The best way to fix a problem is not to have it in the first place. That’s why you should focus on preventing water damage to your home. Otherwise, you will need water damage restoration services.

The easiest way to do this is with a ComfortPlan. For a low monthly or annual fee, you won’t just fix your plumbing problems. You’ll have the benefit of an automatic yearly inspection of your equipment to help prevent future issues. And in the event of a problem, you’ll receive preferential scheduling, ensuring your situation is promptly alleviated.

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