Tips to Avoid Household Water Damage
Rain is simply part of our Portland lifestyle and we really wouldn’t want it any other way. As Portland residents we are accustomed to the rainy seasons and have learned to successfully navigate our lives around them.
Just as you might buy a new pair of rain boots or rain coat, so too should you consider purchasing, or at least check up on, rain protection for your home.
1. Install a Sump Pump (or make sure the one you have is working)
A properly sized and installed sump pump is your home’s number one defense against excessive rain water.
If you do not have a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace, get one.
If you do have one, you’re a step ahead—just make sure it works! The most common sump pump issue is a failing float switch, so look there first. 3 Mountains Plumbing is fully-stocked with sump pumps readily available for immediate installation.
2. Locate Your Home’s Water Main Shut Off
If a water main or major appliance breaks down, you need to know how to shut off your home’s main water supply to avoid further water damage and potential flooding. These shut off switches are typically located in basements or crawlspaces. We suggest finding yours and clearly marking it so that it can easily be found by anyone in the event of an emergency.
3. Proactive Plumbing Maintenance
We have learned that when it comes to successful household plumbing, it is always best to err on the side of caution. The first and best way to prevent an appliance from failing is to conduct regular performance inspections. Check for rust, debris, slow or small leaks, and water pressure fluctuations before they have an opportunity to develop into larger more costly problems.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, or if you would like to learn more about our preventative water damage solutions, contact the experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing today. We are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day, seven days a week.