If a pipe bursts in your home or an appliance leaks, shut off the water immediately. Doing so may save you hundreds on the cleanup and repairs.
Note: While standard home insurance may cover water damage from burst pipes, you need a flood insurance policy to address water damage from storm surges.
Steps to Mitigate Water Damage
- Look into water sensors – they work! Place the sensors on and around pipes and appliances. They will alert you once a leak is detected so you can take action right away.
- Set up an automatic shutoff system. This will shut off the water supply once a problem is detected.
- Inspect all water supply lines, drain lines, toilets, sinks, tubs, and appliances regularly. Look for leaks, unblock clogged or slow-moving drains, and caulk around worn areas to prevent leaking.
- Watch out for snow and ice build-up on your roof and in your gutters. It can cause leaks, so if you see it, safely remove it.
- Check for water pooling around the foundation. Correct grading issues so that water flows away from your property.
- Inspect your gutters and downspouts for proper water flow. Clean them regularly to prevent blockages.