Steps To Prevent Water Damage and Care for Your Plumbing
Steps To Prevent Water Damage
Monitor Your Water Usage
Small leaks can go undetected in buildings with a complex plumbing system. If you start to notice a steady increase in your water bill despite normal usage, a plumbing leak could be the cause. It may be impossible to find the source before significant damage occurs. Consider investing in a leak detection system that incorporates the following technologies to prevent a small water leak from becoming a big one.
- Water sensors
- Automatic shut-off valves
- Pressure detectors
- Freeze alerts
Use Gentle Drain Cleaners
Avoid using commercial clog removers that rely upon acidic agents to dissolve the blockage-causing material in toilet and sink drains. These agents are too abrasive for most pipes, especially older ones. Corrosion related to repeated use of these products can cause pipes to break, creating widespread water damage. Enzyme-based products are a gentler and more sustainable choice.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Frozen water can expand, causing excessive pressure that can cause a pipe break. Uncontrolled gushes of water can quickly fill your building's interior, soaking vital equipment and furnishings. When this happens, it is essential to contact a professional flood recovery service to begin the drying out process before mold can form. Proactive measures to prevent frozen pipes include wrapping them with insulation, maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the day and night and sealing cracks to prevent drafts.
Replace Old Pipes
Consider your building's age to determine when you should replace its pipes. Brass pipes can have a lifespan of one hundred years, whereas other materials may last only thirty years. Older pipe material can suddenly give way before a water leak warns of a problem.
Caring for your building's plumbing can prevent water damage, leading to business interruption and costly flood restoration measures.