How to Mitigate Water Damage
Three Tips to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common and destructive types of damage that can happen to any home, anytime, and in any location. Even when a home is safe from major river floods and disasters like hurricanes, significant water damage may still be incurred through a number of sources. Common damage origins include flash floods, burst or leaking pipes, septic tank or water heater ruptures, or simply unusually heavy weather. Here are some steps you can take to safeguard your home against water damage.
1. Replace Old Pipes
Leaking or ruptured pipes are very commonly caused by old age and deteriorating condition. The simple solution to this is to simply replace old pipes before they have a chance to break. Although many homes in the western United States are relatively new and have quality water fixtures, it may still be worth investigating the age and quality of the pipes running through your home. Detecting problems in advance is well worth it, as even a minor leak can cause serious and expensive damage if it is not quickly repaired.
2. Install Seals on Doors
Installing seals on any doors which lead out of your home is typically an excellent idea, for a number of reasons. For example, in Colorado Springs, water damage can often be avoided by simply sealing the bottoms of doors to prevent rain and light floodwaters from coming inside. This solution can also save money for the home, as well, as it will help to keep the home insulated and in the long term save money on heating. As such, many newer homes come with simple seals pre-installed.
3. Take Out both Home and Flood Insurance Policies
The most important part in mitigating loss from water damage is ensuring that you have the proper insurance to repair and replace any damage to the home. Many homeowners' insurance policies do not cover floods or some types of water damage, so taking out a separate policy is often inexpensive and well worth it. Even homes on high ground should be wary of flood conditions, as waters can pour into basements and low-lying areas.
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