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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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