Water Damage Culprits

Water Damage Culprits

Water heaters can be a huge plumbing offender.  Experts recommend having your water heater checked at least once a year.  A mild sheen of moisture on the floor near the heater could be the first sign that a flood is coming.  Replacing a water heater is much less trouble before it breaks and drains 50 gallons of water onto the floor.

In addition to an inspection of all connections, a plumber should flush your water heater and drain sediment from the bottom of the tank.   A sediment filled hot water heater will also cost a resident more when it comes to the power bill as it works harder, adding to monthly power costs.


Every load of laundry pours gallons of water through the connections and hoses in the back of your washing machine.  Just like belts in your car, those hoses wear out and crack.  Poor connections could allow water to leak from the faucet.

While checking the water heater, ask the plumber to check your hoses for signs or excessive wear, replacing with steel braided hoses.  Even though they are a little more expensive than the regular rubber hoses that come with the machine, they’ll go a long way to ensuring you avoid a laundry room flood in the future.


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