6 Steps to Prevent Water Damage
The highest insurance claims by homeowners are from water damage, according to a study by the Insurance Information Institute. Hurricanes and floods are not the only sources of water damage. Blocked gutters, leaky pipes, and broken sump pumps can also be harmful to your home. Thankfully, these issues are preventable; and by minimizing the risk of water damage, homeowners can save more money in the long run. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast recommends the following six steps to homeowners who want to proactively protect their homes before disaster strikes.
Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation
Check the pipes under your sinks, the water heater for any sign of damage, and the seals by your windows for cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, examine the exterior of your house, especially the roof shingles where water can leak into the interior. Getting these repairs taken care of before leaving for vacation is key to reducing the risk of disaster.
Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances
You must inspect the hoses connected to essential appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. If there's any damage, the hose should be replaced to prevent extensive water damage.
Step 3. Clean Out Your Gutters
Remove any debris out of your rain gutters and downspouts. Gutter blockages can damage your fascia boards, cause foundation leaks, and result in mold.
Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump
Clear out any debris that could clog the pit. Run a few tests, and make sure that the pump's water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup in case of a power outage.
Step 5. Get Someone to Check on Your Home When You’re Away
Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you're gone. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.
Step 6. Turn Off the Water
If you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main and entirely drain your pipes. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.
For 24/7 emergency water damage response contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 710-6203. A team of highly trained water damage specialists will quickly dry and restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”