How to prevent water damage in your home

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Here are a few small things you can do to minimize the risk of water damage.

Tips & Tricks

  • Check periodically for small leaks. Checking for small leaks, can prevent you from dealing with the culminating effect of a large leak in some cases.
  • Invest in braided hoses. A braided hose that attaches to appliances will remain flexible and be more secure than other types.
  • Know where and how to turn off your water. By orientating yourself with your surroundings, you will be able to prevent more water damage than necessary from unexpected events.
  • Check for faulty appliances. Certain older appliances may have faced reoccurring problems, and a quick internet search for reviews may help you prevent future problems, or be more aware of what problems others have faced. For example, Crane toilets manufactured between 1980 and 1991 with the eight-digit serial number starting with a ‘V’ and the third and fourth digits between 80 and 91 should probably be replaced.
  • Store valuable items in waterproof containers. If you store things such as photos or memorabilia in your basement, consider investing in heavy duty plastic bins.
  • Keep your insurance policy up to date. In order to make sure you will be properly compensated, make sure you have a policy that will cover you, especially if you’ve undergone major renovations recently.
  • Get a double check from a plumber. If you are already getting work done, why not get the plumber to just check out your other appliances too?

Water Damage Dos and Don’ts

When you do come across a leak or flood what you do in the next 24 hours is crucial. If you don’t act fast, you can face major damage in your home or business. Here is a quick list of some important do’s and don’ts.

Do

  • Determine the source and if possible try to stop it or call a professional to stop it
  • Turn off the main water supply
  • Turn off electrical appliances
  • Mop or blot as much of the excess water
  • Prop items (such as wet-cushions) to prevent the spread of water
  • Remove items from the area that could be damaged by the water, and try to empty the floors as much as possible
  • Wipe off wood furniture
  • Use saucers under furniture legs if carpet is wet
  • Move artwork off walls to a dry area
  • Call your insurance provider as soon as possible
  • Call our 24/7 Emergency help line for assistance

Don’t

  • Pull-up carpet and pad
  • Touch electrical appliances if they are wet
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures, or stay near sagging ceilings
  • Leave books or anything with soluble dyes on wet carpets
  • Turn up the heat above normal room temperature
  • Attempt to dry carpeting with an electric heater
  • Move anything around of your water is grey or black (it has been contaminated, and your risk spreading the contamination around).

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