How To Prevent Water Damage

Last month marked the wettest month on record in both Texas and Oklahoma. Rain accumulation totals in May in both states swamped previous records by a landslide. And, unfortunately, the rain didn’t just result in big numbers, it lead to big damage as well. Rain caused flooding in towns and streets across the Southland and water damage costs soared in scores of homes.

And while Californians are experiencing quite a different spring marked by a lack of rainfall, that doesn’t mean that homeowners shouldn’t worry about the detrimental affects of water damage in their homes.

According to statistics from the insurance industry, more than one-third of homeowners in the United States have suffered from water damage in their homes. An eye-popping 98 percent of basements are also likely to have some sort of water damage throughout the lifespan of the home.

So what can you do to prepare? Quite a lot actually. Most water damage isn’t caused by occasional high-powered storms. The majority of water damage happens when pipes and appliances in the home aren’t adequately maintained.

By proactively maintaining the pipes and appliances in your home, you can drastically lessen the chance of costly water damage.

Here is where simple water damage prevention begins in the home:

Basement – If you want your home to be among the rare 2 percent that never has an issue with water damage in the basement, than you better get a sump pump and a backup sump pump that can remove any water that has collected at the bottom of your home.

Pipes – Start to take notice of your pipes. Look for leaks or water stains on floors and ceilings as clues of water damage. Another sign that there may be an issue that can lead to water damage is noisy pipes.

Appliances – Proactively replacing the hoses on your clothes washer, dishwasher and icemaker to make sure they are leak free is one of the easiest ways to prevent unnecessary damage from water. Calling your local handyman to take care of the replacement makes taking care of this task even easier.

Keep Watch – Another tip is to take note of your monthly water bill. If your usage spikes unexpectedly, without reason, your home could be leaking water that you don’t know about.

Turn it Off – If you are going out of town for an extended amount of time on vacation, it’s a good idea to turn off your water while you are away. Doing so ensures you won’t come home to a kiddy pool of standing water in your living room when you return and then be stuck floating the costs to repair it.


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