Did you know that the average cost for significant water damage event in your home could easily be tens of thousands of dollars in clean-up, repair, property loss, and restoration? Though you may not feel your home or property is at risk, there are so many factors that can lead to water damage, it's more likely than you might think. What are these risk factors? Failed sump pumps, washing machine hose breaks, leaky appliance water supply lines, failed toilet tank valves,and broken furnace condensation lines, to name a few.
Instead of being caught off-guard, follow these preventative measures to prevent and minimize a future potential water loss.
1. Turn off the main water shut-off valve when you travel for more than two days.
2. Test your sump pump every six months by pouring 5 gallon bucket of water into well. Remember the average sump pump life is 7 to 10 years.
3. Keep everything in your basement off the ground with shelving or palettes. Also, try to store all items in plastic bins with lids.
4. Replace all appliance plastic water supply lines with copper or steel mesh fitted lines.
5. Keep your septic tank and ground water run-off gutters well-maintained.
6. Place water shut off tags that label the water main, appliance supply, and garden hose lines to the house.
7. Install frost free hose bibs, and disconnect garden hoses in the fall, and turn off water supply to outside.
8. Inspect your roof and roofing systems annually, and clean-out gutters, downspouts, and garage floor drains.
9. Remember: Safety First! Never step into standing water in areas with live electric. First, disconnect power to be safe.
If and when water damage occurs, always seek professional advice, like that of RestoreCore professionals, on best steps for mitigation and repair.