An inexpensive tip: Check your angle stops in your bathrooms periodically. Make sure they are not leaking or look aged or corroded. If so, have a plumber replace them as this is a common cause of major water damages in homes.
If you live in a condo, make sure you have enough personal insurance on your condo. The HOA carries insurance on the common areas and the exterior of your home, but it doesn’t necessarily cover your home or furniture. If a neighbor has a flood and it drips down into your unit, their insurance company may require your insurance to pay. If you don’t carry your own insurance, then you may be stuck paying the bill. Don’t rely on the HOA to cover everything or you may be unpleasantly surprised!
Vacation Tip: While on vacation, it is a good idea to turn off your water to your home if you can. A lot of water damages occur when the homeowner is on vacation. Sometimes, the homeowners come home to a real mess that has been sitting in the heat or running for hours or even days. It may not solve every water damage issue, but it can prevent a major disaster from occurring while you are out of town.
Real wood flooring can be dried if attended to quickly. We have our Non-Invasive Drying System that can dry your wood floors in place using our floor mats. In 90% of cases, there is little to no damage. This can save you thousands of dollars in flooring costs and the hassle of pulling up your flooring.
The EPA states that mold can grow within 48 hours! Mold conditions are heightened if there is a HOT water leak or a dark, damp environment. The sooner a water damage is cleaned up the less likely there will be further damage due to mold.
Do you think you have a leak in your home? Know where your water main shut-off is and how to shut it off. Doing this can save you thousands of dollars in damages.
Consider exchanging contact information with your surrounding neighbors. This will encourage you and your neighbors to help each other out and enable quick and easy communication in case of an emergency.
Pay attention to your water bill. A significant increase could indicate a leak.
Did you know there are different types of water? Clean water is water that comes from a source that is not substantially harmful to humans. Gray Water is water that comes from a source that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and can cause discomfort or sickness when exposed or even consumed. Black Water is water that is extremely unsanitary and contains harmful bacteria that would cause severe discomfort or sickness.
After flushing your toilet, remain in or near the bathroom until the fill valve has finished refilling the bowl. Water damage from toilets costs $2,000 to $10,000 per incident.