Water damage in the basement can ruin carpet and furniture and very quickly lead to problems with mold. So what’s the best way to avoid water damage in your basement? Regularly inspecting your basement appliances can prevent unnecessary water damage and save you both time and money. Here is what you should look for:
- On the washing machine, check hoses for bulging, fraying, and cracking. Signs of deterioration can quickly lead to trouble. Replace the hose immediately if a problem is found. It’s ideal to replace the hose every three to five years as a preventative measure. As always, read the manufacturer’s installation instructions for any further advice.
- Next, check the water heater. Most traditional water heaters last eight to 10 years, but there may be signs of a leak before then. Check for wet spots on the floor and if you find any, call a professional plumbing contractor as soon as possible.
- If you have sump pump equipment, it should be inspected every year by a professional plumbing contractor. Unfortunately you won’t be able to do this inspection yourself. The contractor will look for dirt, gravel and sand that can obstruct the pump’s ability to drain.
- Extra freezers and refrigerators kept in the basement should be inspected as well. Make sure that the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. Also check for wet spots on the floor which may indicate an issue with an icemaker line.
Taking these steps and regularly inspecting your basement could save you and your family from the huge headache of water damage. Be proactive and be on the lookout for leaks and water damage before it becomes an issue.