How to protect your property from water damage this Christmas
Experiencing water-damage at any time is stressful. But over the Christmas break - even more so. You might be closed for business or this could be a particularly busy time for trade or you might be away on holidays with family and friends.
But at the end of the day, the last thing you need to be doing is arranging for emergency plumbing services for a commercial property or your home.
Leaks tend to spring up unexpectedly, but there are steps you can take to prevent water damage, and those unexpected call-outs this Christmas.
Turn off water valves
If the property is still in use over the holidays, this may not be feasible. But if there is any period of time that it is closed for business, you could consider turning off individual water valves to appliances, sinks and toilets. This will make it less likely you’ll experience leaks or burst pipes.
Clean the gutters
When the gutters are blocked, all it takes is one downpour to cause major flooding. While it’s good practice to have gutters cleaned before the start of any storm season, it’s particularly important to do so before the property is unattended.
Have the roof checked
With our unpredictable summer storms brewing on the horizon, it’s vital to make sure roofs are in tip-top shape. After all, it’s what stands between a property and the elements. A professional roof inspection can pinpoint areas of concern and provide recommendations to ensure the roof is summer-ready.
Inspect chimneys for cracks
It’s not just in the cooler weather that the condition of a chimney is important. If there are cracks or holes, this can result in water seepage through the brickwork.
Check for pooling water
Are there any areas around the property’s exterior that seem to collect water? If you’ve noticed it takes a long time to drain away, this could be a sign of a blocked drain. A licensed plumber can inspect the pipework and make sure there aren’t any blockages which could cause overflow and flooding.
Check for existing leaks
What starts out small, could turn into a major incident when you’re not on site.
Be sure to check:
- Fittings and pipes for any water leaking or dripping
- Wear and tear to flexi hoses which connect the water main to appliances, sinks and toilets (as these are a common cause of water damage)
- Ceilings, walls and floors for the tell-tale signs of concealed leaks
According to a leading Australian insurance company, 17% of all new claims from their customers are water-damage related.
Wishing you happy holidays from the Toscano team!