My Georgia Plumber, Inc.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Prevent Common Repairs and Save Big

PEMCO Insurance lists five of the “Top Ten Most Preventable Homeowners Claims” as issues directly related to plumbing. That means you could be sending your money straight down the drain. Use these preventative maintenance tips to save potentially thousands of dollars in major – but largely avoidable – repairs:
  • Regularly check washing machine hoses, and replace them every three years.
  • Keep shower curtains or doors closed securely to prevent water damage.
  • Check and maintain seals around showers and tubs.
  • Check for water around the base of the toilet.
  • Repair leaks quickly.
  • Replace plastic supply lines if they become brittle. If the lines are metal, check for leaks and crimps.
  • Inspect the floor around your hot water heater for signs of leaks.
  • If your hot water heater was installed more than five years ago, a qualified technician should check it periodically.
Call us if we can help you with preventative maintenance.

Water Damage Can Cost Thousands

Nearly 40% of all homeowners have reported they experienced losses due to water damage, yet insurance plans may not cover all types of water damage.

Water damage can cause a host of problems including structural damage, mold, mildew and a nice habitat for certain unwanted insects or other pests. To help stop water damage at your home:
  • Consider window coverings that divert rainwater.
  • Regularly clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Check to see if there are any areas of pooling water on the property.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and doors for water entry points.

Common Sense Plumbing Tips

  • Don’t flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper. Use a trash container for all the small garbage that accumulates. Also, despite common belief, your bathroom toilet is not the best place for a fish funeral.
  • When using the garbage disposal, add the garbage a little at a time, and be sure to keep utensils out of the drain. Avoid potential drain cloggers. Let the water run for at least 30 seconds after using your disposal.  
  • Check your washing machine hoses periodically for signs of bulges or leaks. Replace any that are showing signs of wear and tear.   

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