Many situations can lead to flooding in or around one’s home. Although many people believe flooding happens because of weather-related events, the truth is that plenty of residential flooding problems happen because of plumbing problems. Homeowners can protect their properties from water damage when they follow these tips for flood control in Wilmette.

Install a Sump Pump

Sump pumps installed in basements or the lowest level of the house pump water away from the home’s foundation. Sump pumps are inexpensive to install, when there is a pump rough-in already in place, and add value to the property. Homeowners who have sump pumps want to make sure they test their pumps regularly to ensure protection.

Hire Plumbers for Leak Detection

Some plumbing leaks are obvious, but others are not. These are what plumbers call “hidden leaks,” and they exist in pipes that run under the home’s concrete slab as well as in the walls and ceilings. Yearly leak detection services catch small problems before they turn into serious flooding issues.

Use a Water Heater Pan

Water heaters have a pressure-release tube that releases water when pressure rises. The amount of water released is minimal, but if this tube doesn’t drain into a floor drain, the water will collect around the heater itself. A water heater pan catches the water and prevents water damage and moisture buildup.

Homeowners who want to learn more about flood control in Wilmette should contact licensed plumbers. For answers to plumbing questions and more, contact North Coast Sewer and Drainage.