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Water Damage is Costly: Here’s 9 Ways To Prevent It

9 Ways to Prevent Water Damage to Your Home

Water damage can occur in your home when you least expect it. Water damage can be costly to repair and nearly 1 million families have their homes ruined every year because of water damage. It is imperative to prevent water damage in your home and here are 9 ways to keep your home well-maintained:

Maintain Your Washing Machine Hose

Check your washing machine hose often for deterioration and make sure the hose is always in good condition.

Follow Appliance Maintenance Procedures

Inform yourself on how to properly maintain the appliances in your home. For example, regularly draining your water heater to clear out the sediment at the bottom can help prevent water damage.

Shut Off Valves Before Going On Vacation

It would be a disaster for your home to be affected by water damage while you are on vacation. Shutting off the water valve leading to the washing machine will help prevent water damage from occurring while you are away.

Know Where Water Shutoffs Are Located

Place shut off valves on water lines for major water-using components in your home, such as toilets and sinks.

Repair Leaks Immediately

Small leaks in your home can turn into big ones if they are not taken care of right away. Avoid flooding by repairing any leaks that occur in your home.

Hire an Established Contractor For Major Problems

Hire a contractor to take care of any major water damage in your home. You want to have any problems thoroughly repaired to avoid problems reoccuring in the future.

Do Not Leave Running Water Unattended

If you leave the sink on or are filling the tub, make sure you remain in the room to keep an eye on the water level so it does not overflow.

Run Water to Clear Out The Garbage Disposal

Running the water can prevent food from clogging in the garbage disposal preventing future water damage.

Do Not Wash Extremely Dirty Clothes

Dirt can clog the drainage system, which can lead to water damage. Rinse any dirt off clothes prior to placing it in the washing machine.

Water damage can take a toll on your home and your wallet so it is important to prevent it from occurring at all.

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10 thoughts to “Water Damage is Costly: Here’s 9 Ways To Prevent It”

  1. Wow, I am surprised by some of these suggestions! I’ve never heard that washing extremely dirty clothes could actually be bad for the washing machine. I have been throwing everything in there regardless of how dirty it is, for as long as I can remember. I wonder if this is the reason I’ve been noticing a pool of water around the machine every time I do a load of laundry. I’ll have to have it repaired, and then remember to rinse of the excess dirt beforehand. Thanks for the advice, I never would have thought to do this!

  2. I totally agree with the suggestion to repair all leaks immediately. It’s really easy to put off fixing little things when you don’t think they’re going to make a huge difference. But fixing a little thing now can prevent you from having to fix a big problem down the road. Thanks for all the tips, but especially that one.

  3. This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to shut off valves while on vacation to prevent water damage. My husband and I are going to be leaving on a month-long trip in a couple of weeks, and we want to make sure our house is safe while we’re away. We’ll definitely shut off the valves before we go so there’s no chance of problems with water. Thanks for the great post!

  4. Wow, I just went through a flood from warn washer hoses. It seems so common sense, but even I (a mold remediation expert) forgot to periodically check the hose. I woke up a few days ago with my washer hose spewing water. Thank god I woke up right after it started. I wish I would have read your blog a few days earlier, just to remind me! Thanks

  5. I really like your tip about shutting off valves before going on vacation. We are going to be doing some traveling in the next few months so we will have to keep these tips in mind. We definitely want to avoid water damage, thanks for sharing!

  6. Hello, I really appreciate the tips that you have provided above. These will be of very much help to many! The shutting up of holes before leaving the house is quite an important tip that many of us overlooks. Thanks a lot for this share. Regards!

  7. I appreciate your tip to shut off water valves before going on vacation in order to avoid potential water damage. I remember a family friend of ours had some serious water damage done to their water heater tank started leaking, I think if they’d shut their water valves off they could have avoided days-worth of water damage. I also like what you said about making sure hoses coming from appliances that use water as important to avoiding costly water damage.

  8. Thanks for your tip about fixing small leaks as soon as possible. I can definitely imagine that it would be easy to tell yourself that a leak was too small to be significant, but if left long enough even a small leak would stack up. It would make sense to me to work with a specialized contractor to handle serious water damage, especially if there was mold involved.

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