How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most costly and unexpected disasters that affect U.S. households annually. These instances can often occur when you are away from your home and can create even more damage if unattended or ignored. Whether it is a natural disaster like a flood or a household problem such as leaking, there are several ways to prevent water damage both inside and outside of your home. 1.)  Check hoses and faucets regularly Homeowners should inspect the hoses that lead to their washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators regularly. Check these hoses for leaks and creaks and replace them immediately if detected. Appliance hoses should be replaced every 5-7 years. 2.)  Know how to shut off the water main Be sure you know where to locate and how to turn off the water main in your home. If a pipe leaks or bursts, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply in order to prevent further damage. 3.)  Inspect your roof Having a leaky roof can be detrimental to your home. It can leave water stains on your ceiling and leak into attic insulation which can cause mold and rot. Look for missing or damaged shingles and if you detect any, get them replaced immediately. 4.)  Install floor pans under appliances While this can’t protect against catastrophic leaks, it can prevent damage from small and undetected leaks. 5.)  Check showers and tubs regularly Make sure all caulking around your shower and tubs is watertight and replace it if you see cracks. Caulking is inexpensive and can protect water from seeing onto your floor. 6.)  Guard your foundation and basement A good rule of thumb is making sure your home’s ground slopes away from the foundation 6 inches over the first 10 feet. Also consider getting a sump pump installed in your basement in case groundwater seeps in. 7.)  Clean out downspout and gutters Hail, rain, and snow can accumulate in gutters. If they are building up and melting, flooding can occur. Clear any debris out of your gutters and make sure the downspout is positioned to direct water 5-10 feet away from the home’s foundation. 8.)  Purchase water alarms Water alarms work like fire alarms in the sense that they will be triggered if water is detected in a certain area. These can be placed in laundry rooms, basements, bathrooms, and next to sump pumps. 9.)  Consider getting flood insurance Contrary to popular belief, most homeowners insurance does not include flood insurance. Unfortunately, many people discover this after their home has experienced flooding. More than 5.5 million people in the United States have flooding insurances policies, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (

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