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Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

DATE
03.16.16

On a recent Friday morning, Kathy walked into the office to find something unexpected: a flooded conference room. Since we handle claims like this everyday for our clients, we know just how challenging and stressful it can be dealing with these kinds of accidents. Fortunately, we know who to call and our conference room was back in working order in no time. While not all accidents can be prevented, here are a few steps you can take to decrease the risk of water damage in your home or business.

Dishwasher
Keep the dishwasher off unless you are close by to monitor it. No, you don’t have to watch it during the entire cycle but checking in occasionally for leaks is a good idea.

Toilets
We’ve all had that problem toilet that runs long after the flush. Don’t leave your house while it’s still running. Just don’t. We learned this the hard way!

Washer
Don’t start that load of laundry, and then leave your house. Washing machines left unattended can be responsible for some serious leaks. For those of you who are tempted to use this as an excuse to avoid laundry altogether, we suggest you go ahead and start that next load and keep a close eye on it. Your family will thank us.

Water hose
It’s gardening season. With beautiful spring weather in the forecast, now is a prime time to work in your yard. Just remember to turn off your water hoses when you’re done. Leaks from water hoses can cause major damage. While your yard may be beautiful, your basement could be another story.  

Finally, you can avoid many of these accidents by turning off your water supply before leaving on vacation.

And, as always, if you wake up tomorrow morning and discover a flooded laundry room, we’re here to help.