Settling into a new home is often the result of a great deal of hard work and sacrifice in order to realize your dream of being a homeowner. When you move into your dream home, the last thing you expect to happen is to experience water damage from flooding. Thanks to something as simple as a faulty hose or a sudden pipe burst, you can find yourself faced with basement flooding or a number of other potentially devastating situations.
Although repair costs for water damage are covered by some homeowner’s insurance policies, there are often additional emotional costs that can result from having to deal with moving out of your house while having to wait weeks or even months for repairs to be completed. For those who choose to stay in their home while having damage repaired, dealing with contractors and repair staff day in and day out can make you wish that you had never purchased the home in the first place.
Water is one of the most common causes of damage to homes in the US. The appliances that use water in the home, including the water heater, washer and dishwasher, can cause extensive damage if they suddenly stop working correctly. Old water heaters can flood basements, damaged air conditioners can leak, and faulty washing machines can ruin your wood floor or walls in a matter of minutes. To protect your home, make sure that these appliances are regularly checked for any problems. Replace appliances that are outdated or worn out, and switch out any rubber hoses for stainless steel. Hoses that are cracked kinked or appear to have bulges must be replaced immediately.
For added protection against water damage, consider installing water alarms. When these alarms are installed correctly, homeowners can receive an alert when an appliance stops working correctly. By giving you notice about a potential problem before it has a chance to really cause problems and damage, you’ll save money and be able to enjoy the investment you’ve made in your dream home.