Protect Yourself Against Plumbing Failures In Basements
Friday, October 16th, 2015 by Thrasher
The single most common claims made to insurance companies are related to water-damaged homes.
Extensive damage to walls, floors and personal items can be staggering, and the mold that follows once water is drained can easily create long-term health issues. If water damage is not addressed immediately it can quickly worsen and lead to an even bigger restoration project. If the damage is not addressed right away, it will worsen quickly, and can easily mount to a need for very expensive repairs.
While it's not possible to prevent a leak in every pipe, toilet, sink or tub, there are simple steps you can take to prevent some of the most common plumbing failures.
At Thrasher, we suggest installing three simple, effective solutions to help avoid most common basement flooding causes. These add-ons ensure you have the best plumbing failure protection available.
Alarm Systems for Sump Pumps
Sump pump systems can flood for many reasons, including clogged drains, frozen discharge lines, and pump burnout. Whether your sump pump has an issue or your home has a plumbing failure, you're going to want to know as soon as possible.
To help keep you informed of any potential floods, each of our systems has a built-in WaterWatch(R) Sump Pump Alarm included in its installation. This will sound off when a flood occurs, letting you know right away. Our newest systems also include the option of being tied into many home alarm systems for ultra protection-- so you receive a phone call when the alarm sounds off.
Our sump pumps also include a floor drain with a unique ball-and-cup design. When water from the floor enters the drain, the ball floats, and the water flows through. When the water is gone, the ball returns to the bottom of the drain, sealing the opening from humidity and odors that would otherwise rise from the sump pit.
Leaky Water Heater Units
Over the course of your home's life, you will need to replace your home's water heater several times. An average water heater system lasts about seven years before needing replacement.
Because all water heaters are designed to automatically refill themselves, a failed water heater will leak for as long as it has access to a water supply. In extreme cases, we've seen several feet of flooded water on the floor when water heater systems fail.
Preventing Serious Water Heater Floods
We recommend installing the FloodRing(TM) Water Heater Flood Protection System to protect your home from water heater floods.
The FloodRing(R) system includes a 4" PVC ring that's designed to collect water from your water heater, where it is then directed to your perimeter drain.
Combine the FloodRing(TM) with our WaterWatch(R) Alarm, which can be placed inside of the system for ultra protection. As with our sump pump alarm, it will sound off if it detects water, and can also be hooked up to some home alarm systems.
More about our water heater flood protection.
We Protect Basements from Plumbing Failures and Flooding
Whether water from a flooded basement comes from the home's plumbing or from the earth around the foundation, the results are the same -- a wet basement, and damage to everything inside.
At Thrasher, we want to help you keep your basement dry and flood free. To help you decide which options would work best for you, we offer free basement waterproofing quotes to all homeowners in our Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri service area. To schedule your free, no-obligation quote, call or email us today!
We proudly serve Sioux City, Lincoln, Omaha, surrounding areas such as Grand Island, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Norfolk, Fremont, North Platte, Kearney, and nearby.