Water damage is one of the most common, costly and disruptive disasters affecting homeowners and renters.
Here are nine easy to follow tips that could save you a lot of trouble and expense:
Routinely inspect all hoses and lines on washing machines, dishwashers and ice-makers for kinks, cracks or evidence of deterioration, replace them as needed.
Periodically pour a cup of vinegar or mild bleach solution down the Central Air Conditioning drain line to reduce algae and mold. Check the drip pan under the evaporator coils monthly for standing water and have your unit serviced by a qualified technician on a regular basis.
Drain and clean the water heater as recommended by the manufacturer. Inspect your water heater annually for rust, cracks and leaks.
Check for cracks or mold on caulking in your tubs, showers and sinks. This may indicate the seal is no longer watertight. Remove old caulk, clean thoroughly and dry before applying new caulk.
Check your toilets, if the tank takes a long time to fill up or runs constantly, consider replacing the fill valve and/or the float. Replace copper and plastic or any worn toilet supply lines with flexible, reinforced hoses.
Have your roof inspected annually, look for cracked or missing shingles, tiles, rotted wood or exposed areas near pipes, chimneys and vents.
Clean out gutters once or twice each year. Make sure downspouts are connected properly and carry water away from the foundation.
Make sure everyone in your household knows where the main water valve is in the home, as well as how and when to turn it off.
Before traveling, turn off the water at the main valve and try not to leave the house unattended while the washer or dishwasher is running.