In the US, we don’t often think about water quality until a water catastrophe occurs, and since August is National Water Quality month, we figured it’s a great time to talk about preventing water catastrophes in your home. Flooded basements and burst pipes can expose your family to unhealthy gray and black water and cause you to need the services of a water restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do in the month of August to ensure that your pipes are in tip-top shape all year long.
Watch what goes down the drain. Never dispose of caustic chemicals like paint thinner or lye in your sink or toilet. (Don’t pour them out outside either, as they will damage your yard and landscaping and can contaminate groundwater.) Instead, check out your community’s “tox drop” dates and locations and take them there to be disposed of safely.
Take care with hair. Hair is a major culprit when it comes to pipes and drains. It can build up and cause back-ups that result in water damage. If your drains are uncovered, you can purchase inexpensive screens to cover your drains. Otherwise, keep a regular eye on the hair that’s swirling near your drain and grab it before it has a chance to make trouble!
Don’t put everything but the kitchen sink down your kitchen sink. Kitchen sinks are often the root of indoor plumbing woes as there’s a misconception that the garbage disposal can gobble up just about anything we throw its way. On the contrary, even the best garbage disposal will meet its match with butter and grease, coffee grounds, egg shells and fibrous vegetables such as celery and asparagus. Give your disposal and pipes a break by disposing of these items in your trash can.
Watch your water heater. Older water heaters can get corroded and also build up sediment. Regular maintenance of your water heater should include draining the tank to clear sediment, minerals and debris that can harm the tank and may cause a malfunction in your water heater that can lead to a rupture. Keeping a watchful eye on your water heater will help you avoid unexpected water damage that might result in the need for water mitigation services.
An ounce of prevention. Your pipes work hard behind the scenes to carry water to your home but most of us don’t give them second thought until we experience some kind of plumbing disaster. Preventative maintenance in both the summer and the winter can help you avoid a water emergency like a flooded basement or burst pipe. Especially if you own an older home– have your pipes checked for corrosion and drainage issues before you come home to find a lake where your recreation room used to be.
Being proactive and taking steps to ensure your pipes are in great shape regardless of the time of year can help you protect your possessions and keep you and your loved ones from experiencing the stress of unexpected water damage that results in water mitigation.
While we hope that you never need our water restoration services, we know the stress and mess that can be caused by water damage. It’s good to know that the team of certified and trained water restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With 140 employees, 120 vehicles, and eight separate locations, Hays + Sons has you covered.