Water damage is one of the most common, costly and disruptive disasters affecting homeowners and renters in the U.S.
Can you do anything to help prevent it? Yes you can! Here are some easy to follow suggestions that could save you a lot of trouble and expense:
Routinely inspect all hoses and lines on washing machines, dishwashers and icemakers for kinks, cracks or evidence of deterioration, replacing them as needed.
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.
Periodically pour a cup of 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.
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 to turn it off. Before traveling, turn off the water at the main valve or at major appliances and never leave the house unattended while the washer or dishwasher is running.
Are these doable?