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Avoiding Water Damage to Your Home

One of the most common causes of damage to the home, and insurance claims, is water. While some insurance policies may cover catastrophic damage from floods or hail, gradual water damage is usually not covered. Here are some tips to protect your home from water damage.

  1. Test your sump pump and water backup valve regularly.
  2. Notice changes in your plumbing. If you’re experiencing low water pressure, have a professional inspect the plumbing system for leaks.
  3. Have your sewer and drain lines inspected. A video camera inspection is cheap insurance against a sewer line failure and backups.
  4. Check your water heater. A tank storage water heater will last around 10 years. You can extend the life with regular maintenance, including flushing the tank and inspecting the anode rod. For extra peace of mind, consider installing a drain pan under the water heater to drain potential leaks to the floor drain.
  5. Clean out your gutters and downspouts and ensure that there is adequate drainage away from the foundation.
  6. Check your washer hoses for cracking or buckling.

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