Home Insurance Claims Prevention Tips
Water Damage Prevention
Know where the water shut-off valve is located
- Tag your water shut-off valve so you can turn off the main water supply in the event of a leak.
Install water alarms
- They work like smoke detectors but warn of water leaks from toilets, water heaters, overflowing baths and sinks.
- Some alarms even alert you on your smart phone when a possible water leak is detected or can even shut off the water to the appliance or the main water supply to your home when a leak is detected.
Inspect and install stainless-steel braided hoses
- Dishwasher and washing machine hoses should be inspected and replaced every 3-5 years. Plus stainless-steel hoses are less likely to deteriorate compared to plastic hoses.
Run washer and dishwasher when you are at home
- By being present in the home when you run these appliances, you may be able to catch leaks early.
Use a drain pan under your washing machine
- If your laundry is on the second floor of your home, this is particularly important.
- Place a drain pan under your washing machine and connect it to a drainpipe or floor drain so any overflowing water can be redirected.
Clear downspouts and drains
- This ensures that water flows away from your foundation to prevent possible damage
Unplug appliances when on vacation
- Avoid unexpected mishaps such as plumbing or electrical accidents while you are away
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