Water damage is the most common reason for homeowner’s insurance claims, and many times may be easily prevented by following a few common sense steps.
(PRWEB) November 11, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration services in the United States, is offering tips on water damage prevention in your home or business. Water damage is the most common reason for homeowner’s insurance claims, and many times may be easily prevented by following a few common sense steps.
Check all hoses and faucets on a regular basis. Hoses may wear out over time, as can washers and other connections in your faucet assemblies. Replace hoses every five years, preferably with heavy duty, steel braided hoses.
Check showers and tubs to make sure the caulking around them is watertight. Caulk should be replaced if there are any cracks found. Caulk prevents water from seeping into the floor.
Know where the water main is located, and know how to shut it off in the event of an emergency. This will stop the flow of water if there is a burst pipe or other similar problem. It is advisable to tag the valve for easy identification.
Floor pans should be installed under appliances, as these may prevent damage from slow, undetected leaks.
Leak alarms are recommended. They work like smoke alarms, only they are designed to detect unusual water flow. They are often placed in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and next to sump pumps.
Water flow monitoring systems are also recommended. It measures the water flow into the home, and detects any changes in flow patterns or amounts of water being used. If there is a continuous flow of water detected, it shuts off water to the home automatically.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.