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Water Damage Loss Prevention
In almost every scenario you can name, the best defense is a great offense, taking the game to your opposition and preventing them from landing a blow or scoring a point or causing any sort of problem for your side. This is particularly true when it comes to water damage. By being a proactive property owner and looking out for your buildings, it is possible to at the very least minimize the damage potential of severe weather, burst pipes, or flood related events.
Buildings should be properly winterized before the cold weather arrives. This entails checking all gutters and downspouts, keeping them clean and free of obstructions to allow snow and ice to properly drain away from the home. You also want to check the condition of the roof to make sure there are no leaks or other weak spots. If your area is prone to high winds, then protect your skylights, vents, chimneys and other components against wind driven rain.
Pipes may also break as a result of the freezing temps, and as a result buildings should be kept warm, with warm water run through the pipes at occasional intervals to keep the water within from freezing up. You also want to seal up any broken seals around doors or windows, fireplaces, or any area where pipes enter the building. Additional insulation can be placed in the attic to help retain warm air.
If there are cut off valves to exterior faucets, then shut them off, as this will decrease the potential for a pipe to freeze where it cannot be reached to fix, and facilities should be kept warm enough to prevent pipes freezing indoors. Garden hoses should be removed and dried out before being stored away. Cabinet and room doors should be propped open, this is to allow for proper heating throughout the structure.
Vacant buildings should be similarly prepared as well as checked on a regular basis in order to prevent problems from cropping up and going unnoticed. You may want to shut off the water and blow air through the lines to make sure that the piping is free and clear for the winter.
Lastly, develop and implement a regular inspection and maintenance schedule for all buildings and equipment on your property. Be alert for signs of leakage or other water problems, and make sure your sump pump setup is operating within normal parameters in order to guarantee efficient operation.