Keep your house safe with House Buy Fast – Water Damage

Water damage is like tooth decay, it’s not going to get better on its own. And it can cause big and costly problems including structural issues if not addressed quick enough. Over the years House Buy Fast bought many properties that have been destroyed by water, where the owner decided that it is not financially viable for them to repair the water damage, and it is better to sell it quickly and move on. And that is what we are here for!
Often water damage risks can be minimised. Here are some simple tips to help you keep your house safe and avoid water damage:

  1. Look: Keep an eye out for any signs of potential leaks. If you notice a decrease in water pressure, damp spots on walls or ceilings, bubbled wallpaper, or small puddles near appliances, check it out immediately. Ignoring these signs could lead to more complex issues down the line.
  2. Listen: Pay attention to unusual noises, such as dripping or wooshing sounds, which could indicate hidden leaks behind walls or under baths.
  3. Get rid of the mould: Regularly maintain grouting and seals around baths, showers, and taps to prevent the growth of mould. Dedicated sprays are an easy and effective way of getting rid of it.
  4. Service Your Boiler and Heating System: Servicing your boiler is often necessary to keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact. Ensure your boiler and heating system are serviced annually by a qualified engineer.
  5. Keep Plug Holes Clear: Prevent blockages in plug holes by regularly clearing them. Never pour liquid fat into the plug holes This is the easiest way to block the pipe. When you notice slow drainage, but a professional drain unblocked, alternatively you can sprinkle baking soda and then pour hot water. Hot tip – mixing vinegar and baking soda looks spectacular but from a chemical point of view they neutralise each other and do nothing.
  6. Prevent Freezing Pipes: During the winter months, make sure you put the heating on during the colder part of the night which usually is just before sunrise. Even 15-30 minutes will make a big difference and will protect the pipes.
  7. Install an Auto Stopcock: This handy device can detect leaks and automatically shut off the water supply, preventing potential flooding.
  8. Test Your Stopcock: Make sure you know where the stopcock is. Sometimes, especially in converted properties, it may not be inside the house but directly on the street.  Run a tap and verify that the water completely stops when the main water supply is turned off.
  9. Notify Your Insurer: If you plan to be away from home for an extended period, inform your insurer. This ensures that you are covered in case of any unexpected water damage while you’re away.