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How to Protect Your Basement from Plumbing Failures

One of the most common claims that insurance companies handle with damage to a home or business comes from flooding and water damage.  While groundwater flooding is one of the major culprits, plumbing failures can also lead to water and sewer related issues.  In this article we will address three simple steps that can be taken to help avoid extensive damage should a pipe or utility fail, break, crack or leak.  If you are interested in how to prevent outside water seepage please read our online information about French drain installation in Utah.

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Steps to avoid interior water damage

Although it is impossible to make pipes, water heaters, toilets or faucet “leak proof” for life, there are things that can be done to combat the issue.  Remember that an active leak is not something that should be ignored.  If you suspect that your home or business might have a leak call Plumbing Utah Heating & Air today at (801) 601-1298 to speak with a professional and schedule a service call.

Inspect water fittings

Look at places where connections are made.  For example, many people have their washing machines in the basement.  Look at where the connections are made.  Most washing machines have pressure running through the hoses at 50PSI.  It is a good idea to turn off the water connections when the washing machine is not in use.  These rubber hoses can get old and crack as the constant pressure wears away.  If a pipe was to burst you can expect almost 500 gallons of water to flood your home every hour until the water has been turned off.

Install alarm systems

Today’s plumber is equipped with a whole slew of technology that couldn’t have been imaged 50 years ago.  Your utilities can take advantage of technology to help reduce monthly costs, and more importantly give you warning signs should an emergency occur.  Our plumbing technicians take full advantage of high-tech solutions and pass that knowledge on to our customers.  For example, if you have a sump pump in your basement it is a good idea to ensure that a flood alarm has been installed.  We can also install water pressure sensors that send alerts to your phone when an unexpected drop in pressure has occurred.  You can then turn off your water supply with a few clicks on your mobile device, even if you are out of town.

Don’t ignore your water heater

Water heaters that have a tank are designed to automatically fill themselves every time the tank is empty.  This means that if your water heater has a crack, it can result in a virtually constant supply of flooding water until the source has been shutoff.  The average lifespan of a water heater is 7 years before issues can start to arise.  This means that homeowners who have been at the same property for decades may have to replace a water heater several times.  We recommend performing an inspection on older units periodically to see if there are any warning signs of a leak.  If you are due for a replacement you can also consider installing a tankless water heater for more peace of mind and a constant supply of hot water.

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