Water damage can be as devastating to a home as fire damage. Whether the water comes from flooding or from a burst pipe, a large portion of your home and possessions can be subjected to major damage or loss.
One major source of water damage is old pipes within your home or old, worn out hoses. Because there is often a large volume of water flowing through pipes and hoses, a great deal of damage can occur when these conduits burst or are damaged. Maintaining the pipes and hoses in your home, as well as turning off or monitoring water flow at certain times, can help prevent this kind of damage.
Prevent Bursting Pipes
Pipes bursting during the winter are a common cause of major water damage. This can be particularly devastating if you are away on a holiday vacation when it occurs. Old pipes, because they can be weaker and may be already partially damaged, are more susceptible to bursting. In order to prevent pipes from bursting, you should:
- Replace old or damaged pipes.
- Install insulation on your pipes. This is relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
- Turn the thermostat down to as low as 55 degrees, but do not turn it off completely.
- Have a friend or neighbor stop by to check your home.
Preventing Leakage from Hoses
Garden hoses and hoses attached to appliances can also lead to water leaks and damage. To prevent this type of damage, you should:
- Drain hoses completely after use. Do not leave the hose sitting with water in it.
- Turn off the water flow to washing machine hoses if you are going to be gone for a period of time.
- Replace any old or damaged hoses.
By following these simple guidelines, you can protect your home by greatly reducing the chances of water damage from old pipes and hoses.
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