How to Help Prevent Water Damage to your Home

Prevent Water Damage in Home

With all the rain we’re having lately, you may be concerned about potential water damage to your home. However, you may not be aware that water damage that’s caused when ordinary household appliances fail can be just as destructive as a torrential rain storm.

According to the Insurance Industry Institute, water damage accounts for billions of dollars in losses to homeowners and renters each year. In fact, water is ten times more likely to damage your home than fire.

Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help prevent water damage from appliances, and protect your home. It is helpful to understand some of the common causes of water damage, which include leaky air conditioning condensation drains, and failed water heaters, washing machine hoses and plumbing.

These household appliances don’t always offer warning signs until the damage has already occurred. That’s why it’s important to check them regularly. The simple steps below can help you protect your home from the most common causes of water damage:

  • First, know where the main water supply is located in case of emergency.
  • If you’ll be away from home for an extended period, shut off the water supply and drain the pipes.
  • Consider having your air conditioning system regularly inspected by a professional. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they’re clogged.
  • Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks, and dishwashers annually, and have them repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in areas with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
  • If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, the hose between the wall and the refrigerator should be made of braided copper, which has greater cracking and corrosion resistance.
  • Check pipes for cracks and leaks. Have pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
  • Check appliance hoses and plumbing fittings for breakage, crimping or bending.

In addition to taking these precautions, you should always review your insurance policies to be sure that you’re properly protected in case of water damage or other claims. Call Apollo Insurance Services at 800.426.1088, option 2 or visit www.apolloinsuranceservices.com for a complimentary insurance review.

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