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Avoiding Water Damage in Your Home
In the turbulent times that mark the changing of the seasons, it is best to prepare for the worst. When you are worried about your home, preparing it to meet the hazards of excessive flooding, powerful winds, and other natural disasters is smart. Even though most of the Eastern Coast was recently worried by Hurricane Irene, today Japan was hit by Typhoon Talas, a tropical storm that inflicted just as much damage as Irene, if not more. With over 450,000 people evacuated, it brings the danger of storm weather to the forefront of home protection. Water damage is a major result from weather and other types of unpredictable damage but it can be prepared for. Whether your damage comes from a slow leak, flooding structures or a failing roof, water damage has the danger of compounding the loss of your belongings with major damage to your property. Many times, homeowner’s insurance does not cover the damages associated with flood damage, although it may cover the costs related to water damage restoration. Sometimes your insurance policy requires an additional add on to specifically deal with flood and water damages, depending on the geographic area you reside within. Check your individual policy to be certain of this.
Water damage can occur from a number of sources and is not limited to inclement weather. Sometimes leaks happen from broken supply pipes and other times your entire roof is destroyed by a sweeping hurricane. The best you can do is to take your home to a minimum level of preparedness, just in case you need to utilize your insurance and other precautions. Check your water heater and ensure that all its parts and tank are working properly. It is recommended that you replace your tank once a decade to prevent unnecessary emergency repairs. New water heaters are also more energy efficient. You should also consider replacing all standard rubber or plastic water hoses with stainless steel-braided mesh hoses, as they last much longer in addition to being more reliable. You should certainly replace any hoses with cracks or kinks. Another good practice is to refrain from leaving your home when the dishwasher or laundry machines are running, just in case they start leaking while you are out of the house. You can also install small water alarms that will alert you when an appliance is leaking – you usually place an alarm onto the water supply hose.
These are only a few preventative tips that you can take to help prevent water damage in your home. If you are worried about receiving water damage, it is recommended that you contact a local water restoration company for an estimate and inspection. Make sure that you call a water restoration company if you receive actual water damage, whether from flooding or leaking pipes.
If you have water damage from a burst pipe, flooding or any other source, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate!