Even a small amount of water can cause considerable damage to your home. When water finds its way into your property through the roof, basement, leaky pipe, or an old water heater, the result is often extensive water damage and mold growth. Thus, knowing how to spot trouble areas to prevent water damage in your home is critical.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), about 1 in 50 insured homes has a property damage claim caused by water damage or freezing each year. The average American uses between 80–100 gallons of water a day, so it’s no wonder that some of it goes astray and leads to water damage.
While homeowners’ insurance covers many losses, it doesn’t cover all of them. And, most of the time, these problems require professional water damage restoration services. A better solution, however, is to prevent water damage from occurring in the first place!
Take a few steps to avoid going through the heartache (and wallet-ache) of experiencing water damage. Check out these common scenarios and tips on how to prevent water damage in your home.
Washing Machine Hoses
Incoming washing machine hoses are one of the most common sources of flood water damage in a residence. One broken hose can release a tremendous amount of water in just a few hours.
Furthermore, the hose is under constant pressure 24/7; inevitably, it will weaken and burst over time. Granted, the water comes from a clean source, but it flows everywhere when it bursts.
The best way to prevent washing machine water damage is to turn the hose valves on and off as you start and finish washing clothes.
Also, replace the hoses every five years as manufacturers commonly recommend. Choose wire-braided, high-pressure hoses over standard hoses. You can get them at almost any hardware supply store. It’s not a question of “if” but “when” a hose will burst. So, replace them on time!
How to Prevent Water Damage from Toilet Tanks
A leaky toilet can waste as much as 100 gallons of water each day. Test your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank, then watch for a few minutes. If the color appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Repair your toilet, and it will save you time, money, and heartache from unnecessary potential water damage.
Other Appliances and Fixtures
The next step in learning how to prevent water damage is maintaining appliances and fixtures that use water. Continual, slow leaks can migrate under vinyl, stone, and other floorings without notice. Keep in mind that a homeowners’ insurance policy often doesn’t cover water damage that occurs over an extended period due to poor maintenance.
So, move the refrigerator and other appliances and regularly check for any damage or signs of a leak. Check water line connections attached to the dishwasher, ice maker, reverse osmosis line or any other water line. Also, leave a gap of three to four inches between the unit and the wall. Here’s another idea: don’t run appliance cycles when going to sleep or leaving home.
Inspect your home for leaks in areas such as ceilings, under pipes inside sink cabinets, or around sinks and toilets. Get under the sink and feel the lines for moisture. Look on the cabinet’s deck for any drips that are collecting or for signs of wet/damaged materials. Immediately fix water leaks and replaced damaged hoses to prevent serious water damage and mold growth.
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