Even a small leak can become a major problem if ignored. You’d be amazed (or perhaps horrified) by the amount of water which can escape through a tiny leak over time. And it only takes a few inches of water to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
It’s important to know what kind of water damage is covered under your policy and, of course, what you can do to prevent water damage. The good news is that a lot of problems are very easily prevented.
Here are 7 tips to help your home stay dry and damage-free:
- Check your appliance hoses. Standard hoses aren’t as durable as they used to be. You should think about replacing rubber hoses with steel-braided ones. It’s a low cost fix which can prevent thousands in water damage.
- Take good care of your shower tiles. Broken tiles can allow water to leak into the walls or through the floor. Try to replace cracked tiles and re-grout when needed.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when you’re at home. If a leak happens while you’re at home, you can turn the appliance off right away. If a leak happens when you’re not at home, the water can keep running and running for hours causing tremendous damage.
- Before you go on vacation, be sure to turn off the main water supply to your house. This can prevent potential leaks while you’re away. After all, nobody wants to come home to a water-damaged house.
- Keep storm drains near your house clear of leaves. If storm drains become clogged, the water won’t be able to safely drain and may wind up seeping into your home.
- Install a gutter guard. Gutter guards can prevent a rooftop disaster caused by drain clogs and will also prevent flooding by water not carried away from the house.
- Install a water pressure gauge. An inexpensive gauge can prevent damage caused by high water pressure. Pressure should be between 60 and 80 PSI.
Remember: Water problems can become serious very quickly. Even small leaks should be fixed immediately, and you should routinely check for potential leaks around your home, especially after bad weather.
If you live around the Brookfield, CT area and want to learn about how homeowners insurance can protect you from water damage, be sure to give us a call today at (203) 775-2564 (because who knows what can happen tomorrow!)