As a homeowner, there are only a few things more frustrating than water damage. One huge storm or even a misplaced toy from a toddler can cause thousands of dollars in water damage to your home. Did you know that there are actually things you can do to protect yourself from this happening? Instead of just hoping and praying that you don't have water damage in the near future, here are a few easy ways to protect your home.
There are several ways to prevent your home from having water damage. One is in the way you educate yourself and your family members on how to treat the drains, water sources, and toilets in your home. Teach them what is and is not appropriate to put down garbage disposals, or to flush down the toilet. Then be proactive about making sure that these things are properly cared for. Check the pipes and lines that carry water on a regular basis. If you find any leaking or cracks, hire a plumber immediately.
If you are someone that believes water damage is a 'when' not 'if' situation, you may want to look into getting early detection alarms. Two of the most popular types of alarms are point-of-leak alarms, or water flow monitoring systems. Point-of-leak alarms work similarly to a fire alarm. You place it near a point of water, and if it detects loose water it will sound the alarm. A water flow monitoring system is something that is attached to the main water line of your home. Should it detect a high volume of continuous water flow (outside the norms of showering, doing the laundry, or running the dishwasher) you will be notified.
Educate yourself and your family members on what to do in the case of water damage. Learn where the main water turn off is in your home, and teach your children how to turn off the water. Knowing how to act in the moment of emergency could save you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In conclusion, the more precautions you take to protect your home, family, and belongings from water damage, the better off you will be. Do not just leave water damage in your home up to chance. Take the initiative to educate yourself and your family members on what to do, and then protect your home with a few simple devices. It may seem like a little much now, but you may someday be so grateful that you were prepared for a water damage emergency.