When it comes to water damage in your home, the culprit behind the damage is usually a pipe or appliance. Insurance companies note that many water damage claims stem from appliances or pipes, especially ones that are not maintained well. At Flood Pro's, USA, our team of Bradenton water damage cleanup experts shares some ways you can proactively prevent your appliance or pipe from costing you tons of money in water damage.
You can prevent future water damage by running through the following checklist:
- Sinks, Tubs, and Showers – Inspect the area under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Look for moisture or rust. In the shower or tub areas, look for discoloration of swelling. These are all indications of a leak, which can cause water damage. Calling a plumber when you notice these warning signs can halt the damage in the beginning stages.
- Dryers and Washing Machines – Every three years, replace your washer and dryer’s hose. When replacing them, choosing a high-pressure, metal-mesh hose can ensure that it will last longer and be more durable.
- Water Heater – Look for leaks around your water heater. Leaking is caused when sediment in the heater cause the bottom to rust and crack. Regularly having your water heater serviced by a plumber can ensure it is working in tip-top shape. However, in the event that it does leak, keeping your water heater on the lowest level of your home and near a floor drain can help prevent flooding and further damage.
- Leak Detection Devices – Installing leak detection devices in your home can save you in the event of an emergency. They are designed to shut off your water supply if they detect a leak. That means if a major leak occurs when you aren’t home, you won’t have to worry about coming home to a massive flood in your living room.