Water damage accounts for billions of dollars’ worth of property damage every year – especially here in Florida. It also accounts for roughly a quarter of all insurance claims for property insurance.
No one wants to see their property damaged by water, yet it happens – and it is an incredible and costly pain to fix once it happens.
The best thing to do is to prevent it before it occurs. Here’s what you need to know about keeping water damage from happening to your home.
First, in case of an emergency, know where the main water shutoff valve is on your property. If something happens, such as a bad leak, you can quickly shut off the water before it takes over.
Next, if you’re away from the home and will be for a while – such as going on vacation or moving back after the season is over – shutting off your water supply will help you mitigate the chance of water damage. The exception to this is if your home has a sprinkler system. You’ll want to keep the water on if that’s the case.
Since air conditioner condensation can be a big source of water damage, have your air conditioner system inspected at least once a year, and ideally twice a year. As a part of my home watch service in Fort Myers, I arrange contractor visits and inspections for my clients when they’re away, and this includes the A/C unit.
Inspect anything and everything that has to do with water. This includes toilets, sinks, showers, water heats, dishwashers, and tubs. If there are any signs of wear or corrosion, have them replaced. Fixtures can cause significant water damage if there’s a leak that goes unnoticed.
Also, make sure your caulk is up to snuff. Caulk should be in good condition around your sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers.
Have a plumber check all of your pipes, both in your home and below it, for any signs of damage, like cracks, leaks, or corrosion.
Finally, check all appliance hoses and fittings to make sure they’re not bending, cracking, or breaking.
Take these steps and your chances of getting your home damaged by water infiltration and nasty leaks is much, much lower!