- To avoid roof leaks, it’s a smart idea to frequently clear debris (i.e. leaves, twigs, trash) from your roof, clean out your gutters and fix any damage to the roof.
- Double-check your downspouts! Make sure that they are pointed away from your home's foundation to avoid long term structural damage.
- Be sure to regularly inspect all home appliances for signs of leaks. This especially goes for appliances with heavy water usage like the dishwasher and refrigerator.
- Replace washing machine hoses every 3 to 5 years. Most manufacturers warn that hoses older than 5 years will begin to wear thin and eventually leak water.
- Keep an eye out for irregularities such as rust and corrosion on your water heater’s tank. Such conditions can compromise the integrity of the tank and cause leaking.
- Make sure your water heater has a pan and drain under it so if it does begin to leak, the water has nowhere to accumulate.
- Make examining plumbing fixtures for leakage part of your regular home maintenance practices. Check the sink, washing machine, dishwasher—any appliance that uses the water line—for leaks and signs of damage.