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Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

When an indoor pipe bursts and leaks through your walls and floors, it is not a pretty sight. The expenses that result from water damage can add up very quickly. Many times proper routine maintenance and a keen eye for detail can help prevent major plumbing issues.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

  • Consider an annual plumbing inspection.
  • Keep up with routine appliance maintenance. Consult your appliance’s manual for instructions.
  • Learn where the valves are located to shut off water if a pipe bursts.
  • Insulate pipes to keep from freezing in the winter.
  • Prevent freezing pipes by allowing faucets to drip overnight. Allow warm air to circulate the plumbing by opening cabinet doors.
  • Keep an eye out for rust-colored water, backed-up plumbing, musty smells or stains on walls or ceilings.
  • Pay attention to your water bill. A sudden increase may be a sign of a leak.
  • Be careful not to place plants with invasive roots near sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes or septic tanks.
  • Keep your gutters clean and clear of debris.
  • Avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink because it can cling to your pipes.

Flood Damage

Generally, homeowners and renters policies do not cover damage as a result of outside flooding. Contact your insurance agent to review your policy.

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