How to Prevent Floods and Water Damage in My Home

We’re discussing roofs, gutters, drains, sumps, back flow valve, piping, water pressure, fixtures, outside hose bibs… Monsoons start soon!

Mark: Hi, it’s Mark Bossert with Top Local Lead Generation. We’re here today with Jason Knox from BC Preferred Restoration talking about getting ready for the monsoon season. How are you doing today Jason?

Jason: Yeah, pretty good, thanks Mark.

Mark: So we’re getting down to the nitty gritty, so how do we prevent floods and water damage in my house.

Jason: Exactly, yes the season is coming; the rain’s a coming so now is a good time to start thinking about it for sure. Lots of different ways we can, we can get our house fall and winter ready, everything, you know from making sure that everything’s in good repair, all of our roof our gutter systems, drainage, you know make sure that all these things are clean and free, clean and free of debris, you know starting at the top having a look at your roof and just doing a visual inspection making sure everything looks the way it should, there’s not pieces missing and this sort of thing.

Gutters, I mean the leaves are going to start falling so you know, if you have an exposed open gutter system make sure that it’s clean and clear of the leaves as they fall and needles from the trees, you know, you might not want to get up on a ladder and do it yourself so hire somebody to do that, take the time and go around just make sure everything is flowing the way it should.

Make sure your downspouts are connected to your gutters; o.k. and that you know the downspouts are actually taking your water into your drainage system and if they’re not if you don’t have a drainage system they’re tied into make sure that they’re diverted away from the perimeter of your house so that, that water is just not soaking into the ground and up against your foundation; it’s a good idea.

Other things you want to think about any time of year really is keeping your drains, your drainage systems clean and clear so that’s your perimeter drainage for your storm system, your sewer drains, you know if you have a sump make sure that it’s inspected and works the way that it should be working. Every two years it’s recommended that somebody come in and inspect the systems around your house to make sure that you’re not going to be surprised by a sewer back up or the storm water backing up when the rains do come.

One of the things you want to think about you know as the temperature drops, we, we run into a lot of freezing pipes and this sort of thing, especially the exterior let’s say hose bibs you know where you attach your hose to the outside of your house, when it starts to get cool it’s a good idea to shut off the water supply to, to these hose bibs and then drain out the excess water so that the pipe doesn’t rupture.

Another thing again any time of year but always a good thing to check is your water pressure in the house, the house has a pressure regulating valve that basically reduces the water pressure that comes in you know, from the city so that it works properly with your various fixtures throughout the house. These things last about 10 years on average so you know, if you haven’t had it changed or inspected or had your water pressure tested this would be a good thing to do for sure and then just looking after you know, maintenance right, like if you see, if you see slow leaks coming from pipes or pinhole leaks and you’re looking at it and you’re thinking you know this might not be such a, such a big deal, well you’re probably right as long as you get on it right now but you know these little things can turn into big things. The problem can much worse over time so you don’t want to let it get to that.

Mark: There’s a thing I saw there’s a grabber or maybe I got the name wrong, there’s a, a fitting that you can put around if you have pinhole leaks so I guess, I know that that’s a temporary solution but it’s probably an indicator of a lot worse problems going on inside the pipes, is that right?

Jason: Yeah, you know I’m not a plumber and I do refer a company called All Good Plumbing, you can reach All Good at 604-283-9333 and if you mention that you heard about them here you receive 10% on any of their plumbing services so to answer your question yeah, I’m sure it exists. I’m not sure I would recommend that, I think you’re right tho I think it does indicates you know a pinhole leaks in one section of pipe probably indicates that the age of the piping throughout the house is a maybe something more to be thinking about.

Interesting story, a job that I’ve just had recently resulting from Poly-B piping so this is an old kind of a gray water pipe that was used back in the homes say like in the early 1980’s, probably through the 80’s it was most common, it’s found to be not, not a very good material, here you know, 20 some odd years later it’s, it’s breaking down and causing a lot of trouble for people. Insurance companies are figuring this out and are taking their measures as they always do. This customer, this customer found that he has a $25,000 deductible for any water damage resulting from this Poly-B piping. He wasn’t aware of this at first, was glad to find out and opted instead to have his house repiped at a cost of about $6,000 to him rather than pay a huge deductible you know and trying to carry that insurance from now on, right?

Some insurance companies will completely exclude water damage from Poly-B piping so if you do have the Poly-B piping definitely something to consider would be a repiping the house to some more modern materials.

Mark: Wow, and of course the guys who made Poly-B are long gone.

Jason: Yeah, there’s no going back to them at this point.

Mark: So we’ve been talking with Jason Knox about getting ready for winter. Have a look at your roof, is there any shingles cupping, what’s going on and how are your gutters, you don’t really, we don’t really think about how much square footage that actually concentrates of rain into one, a few different spots and if you, are driving all that down around your house, your house is in a swimming pool and that’s not a great idea so have a look at those, your drainage. I guess do you guys do any kind of scoping of drains or is that through the plumbing companies as well?

Jason: That is definitely a job for a plumber, again All Good Plumbing, you know they’re good technicians, the latest’s in you know most advanced technology, they can send cameras down the drains, have a look and then tell you exactly if there’s any problems, even show you, show you the picture as they’re going, it’s, that’s pretty cool actually.

Mark: Awesome, thanks a lot Jason, have a great day.

Jason: Yeah, you too, thanks Mark.