How to Avoid Household Water Damage
Last week, The Chicago Tribune featured an awesome article about water damage and how to avoid it. First and foremost, water losses are six times more likely to cause suffering to homeowners than any theft. Many people actively protect against theft, but not as many protect themselves against water losses.
The leading cause of household water damage is appliance issues or plumbing failures. These losses aren’t cheap either. According to the article, “water damage accounts for over a billion dollars in insured losses for homeowners and renters”. Each loss averages more than $10,000 as well. Insurance won’t always cover all losses. Also, if the insurance company determines that the issue should have been detected and fixed by the homeowner, like a leaky roof. However, a sudden water issue, like a washing machine hose bursting, would be covered by insurance.
The article offers different ways to prepare yourself for water losses before they happen, which could lessen any damage.
- Locate the main shut off- The article says that not only adults, but also older children should know where the main shut off is and how to turn it off properly.
- Regularly check supply lines- Look for hoses that lead to your appliances and consider changing any rubber hoses to metal, braided metal versions. Check for any leaks in the lines to these appliances as well.
- Don’t run any water appliances overnight or when you’re not at home- While you’re sleeping, you’re not monitoring your appliances and, according to the article, a bust hose can pump 600 gallons of water an hour into your house. They also recommend that you shut off your water valves before heading on vacation.
- Stay on top of home maintenance- This includes any gutters, roof issues, and any locations inside your home that have water, like tubs and showers.
- Install alerts- There are detectors that can be installed that can monitor your water usage for any anomalies. These can be used through different phone apps, which can facilitate monitoring.
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