When your home experiences a plumbing failure, it can damage carpet, drywall, appliances, and stored personal possessions.
A plumbing failure is more likely to be covered by an insurance company than groundwater flooding damage.
The single most common claim that insurance companies pay out on homeowner's policies are related to water-damaged homes.
This kind of damage can be extensive in walls, floors, and with everything stored within the flooded area. The mold that follows a flood can also have serious long-term health effects. If the damage is not addressed right away, it will worsen quickly, and can easily mount to a need for very expensive repairs.
While it's not practical to try to prevent every pipe, toilet, sink, tub, faucet, and other piece of home plumbing from ever experiencing a leak, there are some simple, common-sense steps that can be taken to prevent some of the most common plumbing failures that occur.
At TerraFirma we suggest installing three simple, effective solutions for the most avoidable basement flooding causes. These add-ons will help you to have the best plumbing failure protection available for your basement space.
We have simple, common-sense solutions for preventing the most common causes of plumbing leaks in basement spaces.
To schedule your free, no-obligation basement waterproofing quote, call or e-mail us today! We're proud to serve Vancouver, Portland, Salem, the surrounding areas of Bend, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, Eugene, Albany, Corvallis, and many nearby areas.
If you have old, corroded washer hoses, you should turn off the water to your machine every time they're in use.
Otherwise, you're putting enormous pressure on your system -- much more than they were designed to withstand.
Washer hoses sustain 50 psi of water when in use. If you don't turn that water on and off every time you do your laundry, there could be a serious problem. Old-fashioned rubber washer hoses are not meant to withstand that constant pressure!
When these hoses burst open from the pressure, you can expect up to 500 gallons of water to pour into your basement each hour. In fact, we've seen water levels so high from this that it's literally pouring out of the basement windows!
If you have rubber washer hoses, we suggest you upgrade them now -- before they fail. It's a very small investment that makes a huge difference.
At TerraFirma, we offer industrial-grade FloodChek® Hoses to replace old washer hoses. Their durable design includes a 20-year written warranty.
More about our Warrantied Washer Hoses.
Sump pump systems can flood for many reasons, including clogged drains, frozen discharge lines, and pump burnout. Whether your sump pump has an issue or your home has a plumbing failure, you're going to want to know as soon as possible.
To help keep you informed of any potential floods, each of our systems has a built-in WaterWatch® Sump Pump Alarm included in its installation. This will sound off when a flood occurs, letting you know right away. Our newest systems also include the option of being tied into many home alarm systems for ultra protection-- so you receive a phone call when the alarm sounds off.
Our sump pumps also include a floor drain with a unique ball-and-cup design. When water from the floor enters the drain, the ball floats, and the water flows through. When the water is gone, the ball returns to the bottom of the drain, sealing the opening from humidity and odors that would otherwise rise from the sump pit.
A water heater has a lifespan of approximately 7 years. When they begin to fail, they can lead to significant leaking on your basement floor.
Over the course of your home's life, you will need to replace your home's water heater several times. An average water heater system lasts about seven years before needing replacement.
Because all water heaters are designed to automatically refill themselves, a failed water heater will leak for as long as it has access to a water supply. In extreme cases, we've seen several feet of flooded water on the floor when water heater systems fail.
We recommend installing the FloodRing™ Water Heater Flood Protection System to protect your home from water heater floods.
The FloodRing® system includes a 4" PVC ring that's designed to collect water from your water heater, where it is then directed to your perimeter drain.
Combine the FloodRing™ with our WaterWatch® Alarm, which can be placed inside of the system for ultra protection. As with our sump pump alarm, it will sound off if it detects water, and can also be hooked up to some home alarm systems.
More about our water heater flood protection.
Whether water from a flooded basement comes from the home's plumbing or from the earth around the foundation, the results are the same -- a wet basement, and damage to everything inside.
At TerraFirma, we want to help you keep your basement dry and flood free. To help you decide which options would work best for you, we offer free basement waterproofing quotes to all homeowners in our Oregon and Washington service area. To schedule your free, no-obligation quote, call or e-mail us today!
We proudly serve Salem, Vancouver, Portland, surrounding areas such as Hillsboro, Bend, Beaverton, Corvallis, Eugene, Albany, Gresham, and nearby.