Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Home
You may be surprised to learn that water is the most common cause of damage inside a home. From leaky roofs and old appliances to ruptured pipes, there are many potential causes of water damage. Repairing water damage can be a very expensive job. As a homeowner, it is important to take preventative measures to protect your property and family from a potential disaster.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to protect your property from serious water damage. Water detection devices can be installed so that you are alerted to any sign of leaks. They can be wired into a centrally monitored alarm system that will send you a signal to notify you of an alert of water. Not only do they help to protect your home from water damage, but having them in the home can mean you get a discount on your homeowners’ insurance!
Here are a few devices to consider:
Leak Detection Systems
Consider new technology that uses strategically placed water sensors that are electronically tied to a shutoff valve on your main water line. When a sensor is activated due to a leaking pipe or an appliance overflow, the shutoff valve will close and prevent additional water flow. This device actively stops your home from suffering a large amount of water damage.
It may be Spring and the sun is shining, but don’t forget about the risk of freezing pipes come winter. Frozen pipes can cause a huge amount of water damage since the water inside of a frozen pipe will expand and crack the pipe. When the water defrosts, this causes a water leak. If you have a centrally monitored alarm system, consider having a low-temperature sensor installed, which alerts you when the water in the pipes are dropping to low temperatures.
Water Flow Sensors
A broken water line or a frozen pipe could result in water flowing into your home. This can often go unnoticed for a long period of time. A flow sensor can be installed on your home’s main water line, which is programmed to allow continuous water flow based on your water needs during a given time. If the flow of water exceeds this programmed amount of time, a valve will close to stop the water. These sensors can be programmed for varying times, depending on whether you are home or away from home for a long period of time.
If your home has an indoor sprinkler system as a means of fire protection, a licensed contractor should inspect it at least once a year to ensure it is in good condition. This system should include a water flow alarm, preferably as part of a centrally monitored system.
If you have a second home, it is wise to shut off the water and have all the water pipes drained by a licensed plumber before you leave it vacant for a period of time. Ensure the plumber inspects all the water lines, the water heater, and the appliances that use water, too.
Water detection devices can certainly help prevent water damage in your property. In addition to these devices, though, you should take it upon yourself to protect your home’s exterior and interior. Simple preventative maintenance can go a long way in keeping water damage at bay.
- Inspect your plumbing lines (or hire a professional to do so) and look for leaks, damage, or corrosion.
- Test your sump pump annually.
- Ensure that the water hoses for appliances (e.g. washing machine, dishwasher) have no cracks or hard wear.
- Check caulking around bathtubs, showers, and sinks.
- Examine the roof often to ensure it is in good condition and keeping water out.
- Check basement window wells to ensure they are clear of leaves and other debris.
- Clean out the gutters and downspouts every season, getting rid of leaves, dirt, and debris.
For the protection your home needs, secure reliable homeowners insurance. Contact Schuder Insurance Agency for your quality coverage today.
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