Every home is vulnerable to leaks and flooding. Dealing with water damage can be expensive and annoying. The good news is there are several easy ways to prevent water-related problems.
Look at these maintenance tips to help keep your house dry and your foundation strong.
- Clean your gutters. To do their duty, gutters must be free of leaves, nests, and other debris. Be sure to clean out your gutters regularly or they may send water directly to the sides and foundation of your house instead of carrying it safely away.
- Watch for signs of a leak. Identifying and repairing potential water leaks can help you steer clear of mold and termites. Pay attention to any upticks in your water bill and listen for dripping sounds. Also look for physical signs of trouble, like dark spots around your pipes or ceiling stains. For extra peace of mind, consider investing in a smart water leak sensor that will detect hidden leaks and alert you when there’s an issue.
- Avoid chemical drain cleaners. Harsh chemicals can erode your pipes to the point of puncture, so do yourself a favor and invest in a drain snake. They’re effective, inexpensive, and better for your health and the environment.
- Insulate your pipes. There are plenty of ways to avoid bursting pipes. Whether you leave cabinet doors ajar, leave faucets dripping or cover outdoor spigots with foam shields, be sure to act before inclement weather hits. Insulating your pipes is the best preparation.
Along with these preventive actions, make sure you know what your policy covers in the event you do have to file a claim. It is important to remember what is covered under a home policy versus what requires a flood policy.
If you have any questions about any of your current policies or about adding a policy, do not hesitate to reach out. Call the agency today!