Prevent Water Damage from Plumbing Systems and Drains

A water leak or pipe bursting can lead to costly water damage and require water mitigation service. Once you discover you need a plumbing repair, water line repair or drain repair, time is of the essence. If you need water damage repair, have water in the basement, or need water removal service, read on.

Keeping Water Damage from Soaking Your Wallet

It only takes a small amount of water soaking into floors, walls or cabinets from a faulty pipe, or bubbling up from a backed-up sewer drain to cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business. An IBHS study of closed water damage insurance claims identified plumbing pipes and drain systems as leading causes of interior water damage. The following guidance can help minimize risks posed by plumbing systems.

Preventing Plumbing System Failures

According to the IBHS study, this type of failure costs homeowners time and money more often than any other source of water loss. The average cost of an incident was more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid. The majority of insurance claims were caused by corroded, rusty, or frozen pipes, which can be prevented by proper maintenance.

Ways to Reduce Damage

  • An increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, moisture in the walls or on the floor, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation are all potential indicators of a plumbing problem.
  • Setting the thermostat to at least 60°F in winter months, letting faucets drip on unusually cold days, and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • As a backup, let technology pay attention for you by installing a house leak detection system.

Preventing Plumbing Drain Failures

A backed-up sewer drain has the potential to ruin your whole day. The IBHS study found more than half of plumbing drain system failures were the result of sewer backups. The problem costs on average $4,000 per incident after the insurance deductible was paid. Several simple actions can reduce your risk of plumbing drain failure.

Ways to Reduce Damage

  • If your home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system—a particular problem for older homes—or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into your sewer system.
  • Plant your trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
  • Never pour grease down the drain.