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Water damage is one of the most common and costly challenges facing B.C. homeowners. One of the wisest moves a homeowner can make is to safeguard their home against preventable incidents that can cause extensive—and expensive—damage. A few simple precautions around the home can save headaches, heartaches and costly repairs.

Here are four easy DIY fixes you can do to minimize the risk of water damage.

  1. Install water alarms. They work like smoke detectors but warn of leaks from toilets, water heaters, overflowing baths and sinks. Simply place near any water source and a high-pitched alarm alerts you to water leaks. Water alarms start from as little as $15 a unit.
  2. Install stainless steel braided hoses where possible. These hoses cost around $20 and are less likely to deteriorate than plastic hoses. Dishwasher and washing machine hoses should be inspected and replaced every 3-5 years. 
  3. Use a rain barrel. Rain barrels keep rainwater out of overloaded storm sewer infrastructures and provide you with water for your garden. Check if your municipality has a program that offers subsidies for a rain barrel purchase.
  4. Connect an eavestrough downspout extension. Extend the eavestrough at least 6 feet from foundation walls to prevent water from draining into your basement, and direct it towards the street. Downspout extensions cost around $15.

Safeguarding your home against leaks inside and out can prevent expensive, troublesome and time-consuming repairs, and protect your family from the moisture, mildew and mold that can result from water damage. 

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