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When Water Goes Where It Shouldn’t

September 16, 2021
Author: Liz Giannetti

If you’ve ever had water issues in your home, you know what a mess it can be! Even a small leak can become a major problem, and that’s why we have some tips for you to help uncover any potential water problems down the road and keep your property dry. 

  • Check appliance hoses.  Standard hoses are not as durable as they used to be.  Replace rubber hoses with steel-braided hoses. This is a low cost fix that can save thousands in water damage.

  • Broken tiles in the shower can allow water to leak into the walls or on the floor. Replace cracked tiles and re-grout when needed.

  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when you are home.  If a leak occurs, you can turn the appliance off right away. 

  • When on vacation, turn off the main water supply to your house.

  • Keep storm drains near your house clear of leaves.

  • Install a gutter guard. This can prevent a rooftop disaster caused by drain clogs, and also prevents flooding by water that isn’t carried away from the house.

  • Install a water pressure gauge. An inexpensive gauge can prevent damage caused by water pressure that’s too high. Pressure should be between 60 and 80 PSI.

Separately, but just as important, if you have a finished basement, you need to make sure you have water backup coverage on your policy.

We’re always happy to review your homeowners coverage with you to make sure that you have the right coverage should water go where it shouldn’t in your home. As always, feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call anytime.