8 disaster prevention tips

Prevention is key

Whether you just moved in, or have been living there for some time, your home is a haven that must be protected. Since good disaster prevention begins with good information, we have put together a list of eight simple and essential steps to perform.

Water, fire, wind, oil, vandalism, we know all about it.

8 things to verify

1. WATER LINES

If you are away for more than three days, cut the water to the washing machine.

If the washing machine hoses start leaking while you are away, it could cause significant water damage.

Regularly check all sinks and hoses under sinks to ensure they are dry.

Replace all plastic or rubber hoses with flexible metal hoses on your plumbing and appliances. Remember that galvanized metal hoses will last 40 to 50 years.

2. CHECK VALVES

Have a plumber install a check valve on the drain inlet to prevent backups during heavy rain.

3. SOIL PIPES

To avoid clogging soil pipes, do not pour oil or grease into drains.

4. ELECTRICAL PANELS

Make sure you know the location of all electrical panels. Be sure to leave at least one (1) metre of clearance in front and on either side of every panel at all times.

5. WATER MAIN

Make sure you know the location of the main water valve. If a pipe bursts or a washing machine hose starts leaking, you will have to cut the water to the house. Check the water inlet pipe and the shutoff valve regularly. If there is the slightest indication of a problem, contact a qualified plumber to make the required repairs. To limit damage in the event of an incident, inform all occupants of the house, even children, of the location of the shutoff valve.

6. NATURAL GAS OR PROPANE INLETS

Make sure you know the location of any natural gas or propane inlet. You have to be able to access the shutoff valve easily in the event of a leak.

7. CLEANOUTS AND ACCESS HATCHES

Make sure you know the location of all plumbing cleanouts and access hatches to the check valves. During heavy rainfall, check valves prevent the water in overflowing municipal sewage systems from backing up into basements through toilets and floor drains. If you cannot confirm that a check valve is in place, contact a plumber.

8. EXTENDED ABSENCES

When you are away for an extended period, ask a friend, family member, or neighbour to check in and make sure the heating, plumbing, and everything else is in order.

And there you go!

You are now equipped to better prevent any disasters. After all, your home is an investment worth protecting.

If needed, call GUS immediately.