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How to Prevent Flooding

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| 2011 Mar 22 |
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How to Prevent Flooding

Are you an Ottawa homeowner looking to keep your home safe from mold, water damage or an unexpected flood? Fortunately, there are things that you can do to protect you and your loved ones from water damage and its destructive effects. As you know, water damage can and usually does lead to mold problems, so it’s worth the effort to try and prevent it.

The following are some general tips to prevent flooding, water damage and, subsequently, mold:

1. Check for hidden leaks: Turn off faucets, all water-using appliances, and do not flush a toilet for one hour. Record the water metre reading. If the flow indicator (triangular or diamond-shaped rotating button) is spinning or the metre reading has changed while no water is being used, this could indicate there’s a leaking pipe in the house.

2. Locate the main water valve and check it frequently to make sure it’s working. Water leaks can happen anywhere in the house, but they occur most frequently in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.

3. Check underneath the sink to see if the hose connection to the water supply line is secure and not leaking from time to time. Check around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks. Look for discolored, warped, or soft flooring materials or water damage to nearby cabinets.

4. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, check the hose connection to make sure it’s securely attached to the water supply line. The wet spot you see on the floor near the refrigerator may be melted ice cubes or it may be a crimped ice maker line about to burst.

5. Inspect washing machine hoses regularly for wetness around hose ends and signs of bulging, cracking or fraying. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.

6. Discoloration or soft areas around floors and walls near showers or bathtubs may be your first indication there is a leak. Check caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or the bathtub, and look for cracks or mold. If either is found, clean and remove loose material and apply new sealant. If the shower walls or floors are tiled, a leak may develop if there are cracks or missing areas of grout.

7. Placing inappropriate objects or too much toilet paper in the bowl can accidentally clog toilets, especially low-flow toilets now required in homes.

Keeping these tips in mind can help prevent a potential mold problem from occurring in your home.

Flooding is troublesome for any homeowner. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent flooding in your home. Inspecting hoses and their connecting points for problems is one way to prevent flooding.