How to prevent water damage ?

Water damage is one of the most common reasons homeowners file an insurance claim. Water damage in your home is a big deal as it comes with high cost repairs and possible health related concerns if  not detected and fixed in a timely manner. 

Whether it is a major, visible leak or a small, unnoticed one, the damage can be devastating. 

Common causes of plumbing leaks that lead to water damage in our homes.

• Toilet

• Sink

• Ice makers

• Dishwasher

• Water heater

• Washing machine

• Tub and shower

There are a few things you can do to prevent your home from water damage. 

1. It is recommended that you check your faucets and hoses every year.  You should focus on the ones behind your fridge, dishwasher, and washing machine, looking for cracks, bending and leaks. The best practice is to replace them every seven years.  

2. Learn the location and how to shut off your water main. In the case of a pipe suddenly bursting, it is important to know how to shut off the main water. Shutting off the water supply will stop the flow of water. 

3. Check tubs and showers. Make sure the grout/caulking is watertight. If you notice cracks in the caulk or grout, fix it.

4. Purchasing a water flow monitoring system can also be helpful. Is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring normal water flow in your house. If you have continuous water flow beyond the normal of your everyday, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. 

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5. Purchase leak water alarms. They work like smoke alarms. When the water is detected in a specific area, it will warn you of a water threat. These alarms can be placed in, kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, next to the sump pump,  basements.                          (Add a picture with a water leak sensor)

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