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Prevent Water Damage

 

Damage from water in your home can result in the loss of valuables and disrupt your life. Proper maintenance CAN help a homeowner avoid experiencing such a loss.  Here are ways to Prevent Water Damage in your Home

  1. Know your water main

Know the location of your water main, and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes in to the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home while you're away.

  1. Check appliances regularly

Check and maintain your home appliances regularly for leaks, according to manufacturer's directions.

  1. Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly

If you opt to ignore moisture damage or postpone making the necessary repairs, it may result in mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.

Keep in mind that homeowner's insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental. Damage that results from lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowners insurance policy.

  1. Upgrade washing machine hoses

Old, brittle or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid potential leak and damage.

  1. Install water detection devices

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

  1. Check your water pressure

If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 to 70 psi.  Enlist a licensed plumber to check your pressure or buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100 psi, have a pressure regulator installed (which is available at hardware stores as well.)

  1. Monitor your water bill

Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage increases significantly from one month to the next without explanation, you may have a water leak.   Make sure to check all visible pipes, hoses and faucets to identify a leak.