As a homeowner, and even as a renter, there are few things as frustrating and damaging as water damage. Not only can it result in severe loss of property and damage to personal items, but it can also bring about a variety of health issues if left untreated. Winter is one of the riskiest times for water damage as the stress that cold temperatures place on pipes and water systems can result in serious harm. On average cleanup costs for water damage can cost up to several thousand dollars and some can result in costs up to even more. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to prevent water damage with the help of simple maintenance and know how; we’ll walk you through six ways to avoid winter water damage this year.
One of the best tools that modern technology has invented for leak detection and water damage prevention is a simple device that acts as an alarm. These can be placed in a variety of locations, usually along the water lines of a sink or fridge, and will sound if they detect moisture. Some will simply make noise, much like a fire detector, but others are a little more intricate and can send a notification to your smartphone. Sensors can also be added to monitor your overall water flow within the home and can shut off the valve should a noticeable change be recorded. Some insurance companies will only offer a discount if this type of system is in place. Additionally, it’s a fantastic option for those who travel frequently.
One of the best ways to ensure your home isn’t affected by a massive water leak is to be proactive about preventing them. Take time every few weeks to check all pipes and water sources for signs of small leaks, drips, and wear and tear. Additionally, when you are leaving home for more than a day, turn off the main water supply. This ensures that unless something serious occurs, you are unlikely to have any floods while away.
Practice Good Maintenance
Over time the hoses and fixtures within your plumbing system can wear down and begin to fail. Performing routine checks and keeping up with maintenance can prevent common, simple issues from creating significant catastrophes. Every year you or a professional (or both if your home is older) should check all pipes and water connections within your home. If your home has rubber hoses, you may want to replace them with a steel braided option as they last longer.
Prevent Sewage Problems
Perhaps the most hazardous water damage your home can face is if your sewage system fails. Adding sewage backup coverage to your home insurance policy is a great first step. In many cases, sewage and drain backups are not included in basic home insurance coverage, so if you have an issue with either, it can result in significant amounts of uninsured damage. To that end, adding a battery backup to your sump pump can help ensure that your home stays dry no matter what happens.
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