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Mention water damage and most people think of flooding after days of heavy downpours. Yet, even on a sunny day, your home can become waterlogged. Whether the culprit is a leaking water heater, overloaded washing machine, or an overflowing sink, the damage to your home can be devastating and costly.

Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, bacterial, mold, or fungus growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood or formica laminated countertops, and many, many others.

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How can you prevent or reduce water-related losses to your home?

  • Know where the main water shutoffs to your home are located. Also, install water shutoff valves on water lines under sinks and toilets, and leading to outside faucets.
  • React quickly to small leaks around water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances before they become more troublesome ones.
  • Know—and follow—the recommended maintenance procedures for your appliances, such as periodically draining the water heater to clean out the sediment at the bottom of the tank.
  • Check clothes washer hoses for signs of deterioration, and replace hoses that show any evidence of cracking. Also, before you leave home for an extended period, shut off the water valve leading to the clothes washer.
  • Use plenty of water when operating garbage disposals so that waste is flushed out of the system.
  • Be aware of what goes down drains (grease, lint, and dirt in particular).
  • Don’t wash heavy-duty dirt down drains, and don’t put extremely dirty clothing in clothes washers. Instead, use a garden hose on the soiled item outside the house, so that the dirt doesn’t get into the drainage system inside the house.
  • When a problem does arise, hire an established contractor who has a good reputation.
  • When a plumber is at the house to make repairs, have him or her conduct a quick check on other appliances, drains, and pipes to ensure that everything is in proper working order.
  • Don’t leave the room after you have turned on the water, especially full force, in the bathtub or a sink.
  • Consider buying a water detector. This relatively new product, similar to a smoke detector in function and in price, sounds an alarm when it detects a leak. They range in sophistication from simple models costing less than $20 each to more elaborate alarms that can be tied into a central station. Placed on the floor near such items as water heaters and air conditioners, they could alert you to a leak before serious damage occurs.

Articles on Water Damage:

  • Protecting Your House from Water Damage
    How harmful is water damage
    Water damage refers to the damages caused to any material or system due to unwanted and intruding water. The water, in addition to causing destruction itself, allows bacteria, mold or fungus to grow, resulting in the rotting of wood, rusting of steel, de-lamination of materials such as plywood or Formica laminated countertops,
    and such other damages. For the full article click here
  • Restoration Companies: Bringing your Home back to life
    A major cause of damage to your home and properties is water and moisture. Water is an essential part of our life. However, they can inflict severe damages to the walls...
    For the full article click here
  • Water Damage Prevention -By State Farm
    Most people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy downpours. Yet even on a sunny day, water damage can occur, leaving your property soaked. Whether the culprit is a broken plumbing pipe or a leaking roof, the damage can be devastating and costly. For the full article click here

  • Does Your Insurance Cover Water Damage?
    During a cold snap, the pipes in your building freeze and burst. While doing a load of laundry, your washing machine overflows. A heavy rainstorm causes water to leak through the roof of your building--and you live on the top floor. Water damage occurs frequently, so it's a good idea to know what is (and isn't) covered by insurance.
    For the full article click here
  • Protect Your Home from Water Damage
    Water damage - whether caused by leaks or condensation - can do more than cause unsightly stains in your home. It can cause permanent structural damage to the home and erode its strength.
    As a general rule, water damage from poor or infrequent maintenance, neglect or general deterioration isn't covered by your insurance. But proper home maintenance can help you prevent messy and costly damage to your home. For the full article click here
  • Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance
    You’ve had water damage in your house due to a burst pipe, a roof leak or a heavy summer storm. You hope that your insurance will cover the damage. What to do? First, read about mold below. You may not know the implications of water and mold damage.

    For the full article click here


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