Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

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Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

There are few things that are as quickly and quietly damaging to your home as water. A trickle in the wrong place can wreak lasting havoc on one of your most important investments—your house! Staples & Associates can help protect your home in more ways than just insurance. Check out our friendly reminders on how to prevent water from doing drastic damage. 

Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Conduct Regular Inspections

Develop a relationship with a trusted plumbing company that offers a free whole-home assessment annually. Be sure to thoroughly check any crawlspaces, ceilings, and every faucet for signs of leaks. Address problems before they grow; a soft spot on the floor of the shower now can turn into major damage if left alone. Consider adding water backup coverage in the event of damages caused by a clogged drain, sewer, sump pump, and any other related risks.

Monitor Appliances

Know the age and lifespan of all water-based appliances such as your water heater, septic tank, purification system, and even your washing machine. Keep an eye on any of your appliances that are older and plan for repairs and replacements as they age. If it’s a vacation or second home, consider adding electronic moisture sensors that will alert you of water. And, don’t forget Staples & Associates offers secondary home insurance

Observe and Correct Drainage 

When a storm hits, assess your gutters and downspouts, as well as where water collects near your home to mitigate issues. Seal holes in your foundation to keep the crawl space clear. If insulation under your home falls into the crawlspace, it can hold water underneath the house. Excess water can allow mold to form on important structural features of your home, like the foundation and support beams.

Add Flood Insurance

Changing weather patterns and increasingly damaging storms are making episodes of flooding more common in locations that are not typically in a flood zone. Your homeowners’ policy does not cover flood damages, but we can help you learn more about flood insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through private insurance agencies, like Staples & Associates, offers Building Insurance to cover internal appliances and systems in your home from flood damage. 

Water Won’t Wait, and Neither Should You

It’s time to review how well-prepared your home is for water. Contact Staples & Associates for a free quote today!

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