As summer heats up and you’re outside watering those plants and vegetables, you may not be aware that your home could be in danger of water damage from a simple garden hose. If there are unseen leaks, the water from the hose must go somewhere, and the last place you want it to go is into the foundation of your home.
The best practice to protect your Westminster, CO home from water damage is to be sure to check garden hoses for leaks, especially if they’ve been put away for the long winter months. Tiny cracks can form in the plastic that can turn into leaks quite easily. When you attach the hose for the first time, put a shut-off valve on the end of the hose, turn it to the “off” position, and turn the outdoor faucet all the way on. Inspect the hose by hand and by eye to pinpoint any leaks, and then repair or replace as needed. It’s a good practice to keep hoses indoors in a climate controlled area in the winter. Any freezing and contracting of the rubber weakens it and your hoses will not last as long and be prone to leaking.
Another easy way to protect your home from water damage is to make sure you turn the faucet off when you’re done watering. Leaving the faucet on but the shut-off valve at the end of the hose in the “off” position may give you a false sense of security that the water is contained when it could be leaking into your yard and home.
When you have a leaking hose, you’re spending money on wasted water and creating the perfect situation for that water to saturate the ground and then cause structural damage to your home. Since most of us keep our hoses near the foundation of the home, the water can begin to wear away the grading next to the home, allowing it to seep into the foundation. The tiny holes or cracks in the foundation, combined with the slow trickle of water, means it can find its way in. Once water finds a way into your home, it creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. Suddenly you’ve got thousands in water damage repairs which could’ve been avoided simply by replacing a leaky hose.
If your Westminster, CO home has water damage, regardless of the cause, call the experts at ServiceMaster DSI as soon as possible at (720) 452-2842.