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Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Home

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Water damage can ruin your entire house and lead to an expensive mess. If you want to avoid this situation, you can protect yourself against costly water losses and homeowner’s insurance claims. Here are tips on keeping your home safe and well-maintained:

Disconnect hoses

Standing water in a hose might freeze back into the pipe and create a block that will stop your water flow. In worst cases, it will bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floors and foundation.

Clean gutters and downspouts

You should clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can damage your gutters and roof, and unmanaged overflow might create puddles that will damage your foundation. Don’t forget to clean downspouts because these make sure that water can flow through.

Maintain trees and vegetation

Flourishing shrubs can be beautiful, except when roots wrap around pipes and break them. It’s important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes or remove trees and shrubs that are too big.

Be familiar with your water main

Know the location of your water main and shut it off when you leave for an extended period of time. If water doesn’t into the house, chances are that faucet drips will not wreak havoc.

Check appliances often

Regularly check and maintain your home appliances according to manufacturer directions. This way you’ll notice if there are any leaks.

Investigate leaks right away and fix immediately

If you choose to ignore moisture damage or postpone repairs, be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot or structural damage. Homeowner’s insurance provides damage for sudden, accidental damage, not damage from lack of maintenance.

Upgrade washing machine hoses

Old, brittle, leaking washing machine hoses are frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mess and expensive damage.

Install water detection devices

Water detectors sound an alarm when sensors come into contact with moisture. The main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

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