With all the rain coming down in Ames, Iowa, are you struggling to keep water out of your home? There are many ways moisture can enter your home, from a burst pipe to a leaking roof. One thing is for sure—a large amount of unwanted water in your home can end in a large amount of damage, not to mention the potential health risks involved. Here are a few tips to help you prevent water damage in your home this spring and summer.
Think before you plant.
Some plants and trees, like willows and silver maples, have invasive roots. If you’re not careful, these pesky roots will work their way into your sprinkler systems, pipes, and septic tanks. To avoid these issues, make sure to plant far enough away from water lines. The last thing you want is your sewer line getting backed up because it's clogged with tree roots. Keep in mind that these roots can also damage your home's foundation, and if your foundation is damaged, unwanted moisture and harmful gases like radon can enter your home.
Clean your gutters.
If you try to avoid this chore at all costs, you're not alone. It's not a fun job, but gutter maintenance is very important. If your gutters get clogged and can't transport rain water away from your home properly, it will pool on your roof and eventually spill over and run down the sides of your house and near your home's foundation. This can lead to foundation problems, roof leaks, and water damage in your walls and ceilings. Avoid this trouble by keeping your gutters and downspouts CLEAN!
Test and maintain your sump pump.
Test your sump pump to ensure it's working properly the next time you have a heavy rain. First, pour water into the sump pit. When you do this, the sump pump should turn on by itself, pump out the water in the pit, and turn back off in less than a minute. You should also make sure the sump pit is clean. Remove any dirt, gravel, or other foreign objects to help increase your pump's efficiency and extend its life. If you are not comfortable doing these things yourself, you can call Cyclone Contracting—the Ames plumbing experts!
Watch your water bill.
Most plumbing in homes is hidden, so you may not realize you have a leak until it’s too late. Monitor your water water bills so you can detect a water leak early on. If your bills suddenly increase or you get a bill that's unusually high, it's time to call a professional plumber. There's a good chance you have a plumbing leak somewhere in your home.
Taking these steps will help protect your home from serious water damage and should give you some peace of mind. If you're at all concerned about potential water leaks (or frozen pipes in the winter) in your home, there are other precautions you can take. Consider installing a moisture detector, such as a Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector. This device can connect to your phone so you'll be notified immediately if there's a water leak in your home, no matter where you are!
If you need any plumbing services in Boone, Ames, or a surrounding area, call Cyclone Contracting!