1391544308000-MQT-MaintenanceFor water being an absolutely necessary component in every home, it’s a bit ironic that so many household problems are caused by water. We need water to be piped inside and out for use in bathrooms, kitchens, and lawn/garden care, but one small leak in any household water system can be potentially disastrous. Some problems can arise without warning, but its important that you look at your household water systems to make sure you are not setting yourself up of a bigger issue in the future.


Keep Water Away from the Foundation

Excessive water exposure can be extremely harmful to your home’s foundation. When the soil surrounding the foundation absorbs water it expands, putting pressure on the walls. Too much pressure causes cracking, which can cost up to $8,000 dollars to fix. One of the most common ways water can reach the foundation is via the irrigation sprinkler system. Make sure all sprinkler heads are facing/spraying away from the house.


DIY Plumbing Jobs

In an ever-increasing budget conscious world, more and more homeowners are taking a DIY approach to household fixes. When it comes to plumbing, most contractors will suggest leaving it in the hands of a pro. A faulty plumbing job can begin as simply as a loose fitting and can lead to a flooded house. Should you decide to do some of your own plumbing, make sure you know where the water shut-off valve is.


Keep Your Gutters Clear

Cleaning your gutters is a simple task that is often overlooked during regular maintenance.  Over time, leaves and dirt build up in gutters causing water to drain incorrectly. Instead of water flowing down the gutter, the debris forces it over the sides, draining on to your roof, walls and foundation. Its important to clean your gutters at least once a year.


(Source: http://www.ehow.com/feature_12279300_biggest-maintenance-mistakes-homeowners-make.html)

By Paul Doh

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