Plumbing floods are one of the most common claims that homeowners make to their insurance companies. There are several different factors that can lead to plumbing floods in your home, and it’s important to know how to prevent flooding from happening.
This kind of damage can be extensive in walls, floors, and with everything stored within the flooded area. The mold that follows a flood can create allergens that can lead to serious long-term health effects.
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What Causes Plumbing Floods?
Plumbing leaks can come from any pipes, toilets, sinks, tubs, faucets, and other pieces of your home plumbing. Unfortunately, these kinds of leaks can be hard to avoid as things start to rust or break down over time.
However, there are some simple, common-sense steps that can be taken to prevent some of the most common plumbing failures that occur.
At Foundation Recovery Systems, we suggest installing three simple, effective solutions for the most avoidable basement flooding causes. These simple add-ons are easy ways to ensure that you have the best plumbing failure protection available.
Failing Washing Machine Hoses
Older models of washer hoses weren’t built to withstand constant pressure. They typically last longer when the water is turned on and off each time laundry is done, so if they’re always left on, it could make your washing machine hoses fail from the constant pressure.
When these hoses burst open from the pressure, you can expect up to 500 gallons of water to pour into your basement each hour. In fact, we’ve seen water levels so high from this that it’s literally pouring out of the basement windows!
If you have rubber washer hoses, we suggest you upgrade them now — before they fail. It’s a very small investment that makes a huge difference.
At Foundation Recovery Systems, we offer industrial-grade FloodChek®™ Hoses to replace old washer hoses. Their durable design includes a 20-year written warranty.
Alarm Systems For Sump Pumps
Sump pump systems can flood for many reasons, including clogged drains, frozen discharge lines, and pump burnout. Whether your sump pump has an issue or your home has a plumbing failure, you’re going to want to know as soon as possible.
Each of our systems is installed with a WaterWatch™ Sump Pump Alarm to give you a warning each time it floods. In the event of a flood, the alarm will sound to let you know that there is an issue with your sump pump before any potential flooding occurs.
Our sump pumps also include a floor drain with a unique ball-and-cup design. When water from the floor enters the drain, the ball floats, and the water flows through. When the water is gone, the ball returns to the bottom of the drain, sealing the opening from humidity and odors that would otherwise rise from the sump pump pit.
Leaky Water Heater Units
The average lifespan of a water heater lasts about 7 years, so you may need to replace your water heater several times if you live in the same house for a long period of time. Water heaters automatically refill themselves, so if yours were to fail, it will continue to leak as long as it is hooked up to your water supply. If left untreated, water heater failure can result in several feet of flooded water in your basement.
Preventing Serious Water Heater Floods
We recommend installing the FloodRing™ Water Heater Flood Protection System to protect your home from water heater floods. The FloodRing system includes a 4″ PVC ring that’s designed to collect water from your water heater, where it is then directed to your perimeter drain.
Keep your home totally protected by using both the FloodRing™ and the WaterWatch™ Alarm. The WaterWatch™ Alarm will alert you anytime it senses water, so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’ll always be protected.
We Protect Basements from Plumbing Failures and Flooding!
Whether water from a flooded basement comes from the home’s plumbing or from the earth around the foundation, the results are the same — a wet basement, and damage to everything inside.
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At Foundation Recovery Systems, we want to help you keep your basement dry and flood free. To help you decide which options would work best for you, we offer free basement waterproofing inspections to all homeowners in our Greater Kansas City and Missouri service area. To schedule your free, no-obligation inspection, call or e-mail us today!