Avoiding Costly Kitchen And Bathroom Water Damage
Water damage can occur in any area of your home, but there are certain locations that seem to be more prone to water damage problems and issues. Your basement is one, namely because it is the lowest point in the home and water loves to run downhill. But it is not the only prime target. You may also be facing water problems in those rooms of your home where water and moisture are a natural occurrence. I’m speaking of course, of your kitchen and bathroom. These are arguably the two most common areas to find problems such as water damage and mold. As a rule, it is generally considered a good idea to take the time to inspect these areas and their adjacent plumbing in order to identify and head off potential problems before they become a major issue.
Water damage in the kitchen and bathroom can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. Homeowners should routinely check for problems such as this and renters should notify their landlord if such problems are discovered. Problems with the plumbing will usually manifest themselves through increased monthly bills, banging pipes, rust stains, signs of moisture on the floors or walls, and indications of wet soil erosion near the foundation. In addition, frozen water pipes may swell and burst, causing considerable damage to whatever area they happen to be located in. Frozen pipes are usually avoided by setting the thermostat at 60 degrees or higher and allowing the faucets to drip during the colder weather.
Most supply system failures end up costing around $5000 after the insurance deductible is paid off, and toilet failures may be even more expensive, on the order of around $5500. Toilets should be inspected twice every year, making sure that the fill, supply, and flush valves , as well as the supply line, are all in good working order.
Water heater failure makes up for another cause of water damage in the home. Valves should be inspected to ensure proper and efficient operation, and ball valves should be used instead of gate valves whenever possible. Always be aware of the age of your water heater, along with the life expectancy of the unit and any warranties that may be in place.
Many sewer backups are the result of drain system failures, with southern states in the US seeing the most problems in this area. Repair costs average around $4000 after deductibles. Backflow prevention assemblies are recommended for older homes located on municipal sewer systems below street level.
Washing machine failures are also popular causes of water damage, and their rubber hoses and connections should be replaced every three years or so. You might want to consider upgrading to braided steel for additional strength and reinforcement. Also, if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, shut off the water supply to the washer.