Seven Steps To Prevent a Water Emergency
Tips To Lessen The Chances Of A Water Emergency
Water damage is one of the most common claims submitted to insurance companies. Most homeowners in Weymouth, MA, know that insurance only covers damage that's accidental and sudden, not damage resulting from poor home maintenance. There are a number of preventive steps you can take to make sure you don't find unwanted water in home spaces like your kitchen or bathroom. Here are some tips to lessen the chances of a water emergency requiring professional repair and restoration services:
Seven Ways To Safeguard Your Home:
Take notice of damp spots on the floor, the smell of mildew and the sound of rushing or dripping water. All could be signs of a water leak and water damage.
Don't put off necessary repairs. Make small fixes — to a broken pipe or pipe cleanup, for example — to avoid big repairs resulting from mildew and mold or outright flooding.
Track your water bills to spot gradually increasing or spiking costs that can point to hidden water in home spaces that are mostly unused (storage room, crawlspace or under-stair nook).
Keep your appliances (especially older models) in good working order. Check regularly for leaks because appliance hoses become dry and brittle with time, making them susceptible to cracking and leaking.
Ensure your home's water pressure is not so high that it puts stress on pipes and hoses. Invest in a water pressure gauge to make sure your system's pressure registers between 40 and 70 psi.
Test your sump pump regularly for operability.
Consider purchasing and placing water detection devices near your water heater, sump pump and major appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator) to warn of gathering moisture and slow leaks.
No homeowner wants to face water damage, insurance claims and costly water losses. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," counseled Benjamin Franklin. That's still good advice today. Prevention is a proven, effective strategy to avoid the mess, expense, and aggravation of ruinous water in home interiors — especially yours.