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Tips for preventing water damage in your home

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When it comes to our homes, fewer mishaps can be as frustrating - or expensive - as water damage. Whether it's from a problem in your plumbing system or water leaking inside after a major storm, houses are particularly vulnerable with water. Even if you are meticulous about caring for your residence, you are not going to be able to predict every disaster that comes your way. What you can do, however, is take certain steps to make sure that your home is as safe as possible from being afflicted with water damage.

Here are a few tips that every homeowner can incorporate into their lives:

  • Avoid unclogging chemicals: No matter how careful you are around the house, clogs are inevitable. When cleaning out your sink, use a drain snake instead of any chemicals. The reason for this is that chemicals can actually eat away at your pipes over time, which can lead to further leaks down the road.
  • Be careful with plants: If you have a green thumb, you need to be cautious about where you put in new greenery. Many plants have invasive roots than can overtake your pipes, so be sure to keep them far enough away from any plumbing systems.
  • Never pour grease down the sink: One of the things you should never do around the house is pour grease down the sink, whether it is hot or cold. It will congeal and cling to your pipes, which can lead to major blockage and clogging. Instead, let the grease harden in a can over a few days and then throw it away.

If water damage has affected your home and you are in need of a Fairfax, VA plumber, schedule an appointment today with John C. Flood.