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Flooding can range from a nuisance to detrimental. While there are ways to try and prevent it without outside help, flooding is often unpredictable and without professional barriers in place it is hard to prevent.

Here are some common causes of flooding and how a professional plumber can help you prevent them!

Broken Pipes

Lots of things can break pipes, such as:

  • Freezing to the point that they crack
  • Corrosion due to poor water quality
  • High water pressure

A broken pipe can flood your home within minutes, so it is best to be as proactive as possible so you can prevent flooding and further damage that can cost you a lot more money.

One of the most important things you can do to be proactive is to know where your pipes are and check them regularly. When you check them regularly, your chances of catching damage before it gets bad is much higher.

You also want to know where your pipes are if you are doing any work on your house to make sure you don’t hit and break a pipe.

If you live in an area where your pipes are at risk of freezing, it is a good idea to leave faucets around the house trickling so the water in the pipes is constantly moving and does not have the chance to freeze. If you ever check your pipes and find that there is an issue, it is best to call a plumber, as they will take care of it without causing any more damage.

Faulty Appliances

A lot of the appliances you use on a regular basis use a lot of water. When one of these appliances have their connection to your plumbing stop working, this can cause the supply lines to burst. If this happens, the water will flood right into your home.

Luckily, professionals have ways to prevent this.

FloodStop systems are one way that you can save yourself a lot of time and money if one of your appliances fails. While this is an investment on your part, it truly is fairly inexpensive and will prevent higher costs in the future. The way FloodStop systems work is by detecting leaks and then shutting off the affected appliance. A plumber can easily install a FloodStop system without causing any damage.

Flushing the Wrong Objects

Flushing the wrong objects can be detrimental to your plumbing. They will clog up the pipes and within no time cause flooding. Some of the more commonly flushed items that shouldn’t be are:

  • Wet Wipes
  • Q-Tips
  • Floss
  • Diapers
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

All of these items will get stuck in your pipes and build up until flooding occurs. It is best to just throw these items in the trash. The only things that should be going down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. We often hear that most wet wipes say flushable so it shouldn’t be an issue, right? Don’t do it. They can still cause damage.

While these aren’t all of the causes of flooding, these are the most common that you need to look out for. The best thing you can do is talk to a plumber who can come inspect the plumbing situation in your home. After the inspection, they can let you know what your risk factors are, what you should look out for, and some other methods of staying proactive!