Protecting your home from water damage.
A sudden flood or small water leak can cause devastating damage to your home but there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of this happening.
Tips to reduce water leaks in your house.
Here are five tips to help prevent water damage in your home.
1. Check hoses and faucets on a regular basis. Experts recommend checking hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator on an annual basis, looking for cracks or water leaks.
2. Check showers and tubs. Make sure the seal around your shower(s) and tub(s) are watertight. If you see cracks in the seal, replace it. If you use a shower curtain, make sure the bottom of it always falls inside the shower tray or bath to avoid water splashing onto the floor and walls.
3. Know where and how to shut off your water main. If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply.
4. Consider purchasing ‘point of leak’ water alarms. Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms and/or kitchens.
5. Report signs of leaks. If you're a tenant, report any signs of leaks as soon as you find it. If you’re a landlord, it’s a good idea to encourage your tenants to report signs of leaks early so these can be fixed before they cause damage.
Things you should know.
The tips on this page are a brief summary only of general information.
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