Whether it's from rain, a blocked drain, outdoors or a break, water safety can be seen from nowhere. When it does, it's not just a hassle … it can be an expensive home repair. Fortunately, it may be possible to stay proactive and keep track of problems before they happen. Not sure where to start? See our five simple tips to prevent water back up:
- Rinse fewer paper products. Heavy paper products such as paper towels, feminine products, large amounts of toilet paper and cloth diapers take a long time to break down. When you flush them regularly, they can clog drains and lead to expensive repairs.
- Get rid of grease safely. When you cook objects that give excess fat, how do you throw it away? To begin with, never pour it down the drain. When the grease solidifies, it can cause blockages that lead to backups later. Instead, pour or scrape grease into a heat-resistant jar, allow it to cool, and discard the sealed container in the trash.
- Examine tree roots. Cracked or aging tubes are not a match for growing tree roots. Large trees in your garden can puncture, obstruct or completely block the flow of water … leading to a backup of water in your home or garden. But before that happens, you can get to the root of the problem by hiring a professional. They will run a camera through pipelines and recommend necessary maintenance such as upgrading to plastic pipes or tending the trees.
- Direct water away from the foundation. Check that safe gutters are cleared of debris each season, drains point away from the house and that water does not collect too close to the foundation.
- Back up your sump pump. Power outages can lead to sump pump failure. And consequently water slopes. Be proactive by getting a spare battery or water-powered backup that keeps the pump running even if your lights go out. Also mark your calendar for routine inspection / maintenance of the pump.
Water backup insurance is an option that can be added to most homeowners. Without it, you can get stuck and cover expensive repairs. Talk to one of our independent agents to learn more about water backup, to ensure that coverage limits are adequate for your current policy or to obtain approval today.