Water Damage Disasters are the last thing a homeowner wants to deal with. Although it may be difficult to eliminate all water damage emergency’s there are some very important steps every homeowner should take to help reduce the likelihood of having a disaster to their property. Here is a list of the most common things every homeowner can do to reduce a water damage loss
• Make sure all hose bibs are disconnected from house before winter arrives
• If you have an evaporative cooler make sure you cover it and turn the main water valve off that is associated to the cooler
• Make sure gutters are free of any debris
• Make sure rain gutters have downspouts that pull the water away from the home (if water empties directly next to your house
the water will come in through the windows or foundation)
• If you are going to be away from your house for an extended period of time turn off the main water to your house.
• When sprinklers get turned on in the spring check to make sure all of them are functioning properly before setting them to an automatic timer.
• If going on vacation have a neighbor or family member check the house every day to make sure everything is functioning properly
• If you have an ice maker pull the refrigerator out monthly to make sure the ice maker line isn’t cracked or deteriorated
• Check water heater and water softener monthly to make sure there aren’t any leaks
• Check connections to all of your sinks at least twice a year to make sure all of the connections are secure and that there aren’t
any unforeseen leaks that have occurred
• Check toilet valves and connections to make sure they haven’t corroded and are functioning properly.