Six Tips to Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Think about how many hours you are away from your home. Whether it is going to work everyday, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, many of us are gone for an extended period of time. Now, imagine how you would feel if you came home to Minneapolis after a nice relaxing vacation, or a weekend getaway to find water in your finished basement, or your living room ceiling collapsed, or water running down your stairs.
Unfortunately, in my own home we have suffered a water damage twice! Good news – and thanks to 24Restore – we fully recovered very quickly from what seemed like an absolute nightmare at the time.
Water damage is one of the most frequently filed homeowner insurance claims. Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that water damage in your home is no big deal; however, this is the farthest thing from the truth. Statistics have shown that we are seven times more likely to experience water damage rather than fire damage and six times more likely to experience water damage than a burglary.
Here are some of the common causes of plumbing leaks that lead to water damage in our Minneapolis homes:
- Ice makers
- Water heaters
- Washing machines
- Showers and tubs
Protect Your Home From Water Damage
Whether you experience a catastrophic water leak or a small unnoticed water leak, the damage can be devastating. Here is a list of things you can do to protect your home from water damage.
1. Check hoses and faucets on a regular basis. Experts recommend checking hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator on an annual basis, looking for cracks or water leaks. They also recommend replacing all hoses every five to seven years.
2. Check showers and tubs. Make sure the caulking around your shower(s) and tub(s) are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.
3. Know where and how to shut off your water main. If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water. In the winter months it is always a good idea to turn your main water off when you are going to be away for a long period of time. To print out our handy free water tag, click here.
4. Install floor pans. Consider installing floor pans under your appliances. While they can’t protect you from a catastrophic leak, they can prevent damage from small slow undetected leaks.
5. Consider purchasing point of leak water alarms. Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump. These are also reasonably inexpensive.
6. Consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system. A water flow monitoring system is attached to your water main and protects your entire house. The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your every day appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically. Pretty cool right?! I honestly didn’t even know they made such a thing and will be looking in to this very soon for my own home!