Do you know of someone who had water gushing into their house, damaging the floors, furniture, and electronics? Or maybe someone who returned from a weekend away, only to find their basement full of water? Has this happened to you?
It is possible if you aren’t prepared.
In just a few minutes, water can permanently damage electronics; in a few hours, it can permanently damage floors and walls; and, if several days go by with water pouring into the building, your home may become uninhabitable.
These two simple steps can make a significant difference in protecting your home from water damage:
- Replace the rubber hose that connects your washing machine to the water line with a braided steel hose. Unfortunately, water pipes and water hoses wear out and break without notice—and if you are not there to plug the hole and frantically call a plumber, you could have literally a ton of water in your home or apartment. Unlike rubber, a steel hose will not dry out, thereby eliminating unexpected cracking, which can cause water to pour unrestrained into your house. Also consider: Do you know how old the water pipes and hoses are in your residence? Do you know if they have been thoroughly inspected recently? Keeping them up-to-date helps prevent a flooded home.
- Whenever you leave your house for more than a day, turn off the main water supply to your home. Typically, there is a lever on the pipe where water enters your home that can be manually turned off. If you do not have such a lever, a plumber would be able to install one in a few hours. Even if a pipe breaks, this preventative step will greatly reduce the water damage, because water will not be pouring into your broken pipe from a water main.
Piped water in our houses is a wonderful convenience—but it comes with an additional hazard that should not be ignored. By making a plan, you will greatly reduce the likelihood of a personal catastrophe.