Oct 302015

The Five Top Sources of Interior Water Damage
1. Plumbing Supply System Failure
Notice signs of increased monthly water bills, knocking pipes, rust stains, and dampness in the walls or on the floor, wet soil about the foundation
Schedule a plumbing inspection and make repairs. Consider investing in a leak detection system.
2. Toilet Failure
A third of all toilet failures are caused by overflowing or congested toilets.
In case of an overflow, turn off the supply valve. Inspect toilets components twice a year.
3. Water Heater Failure
Most water heaters start to fail when they are approximately 12 years old.
Schedule an inspection every two years, then annually after the warrant expires. Complete periodic maintenance such as flushing out sediments and inspecting the rods and valves.
4. Plumbing Drain System Failure
Over half of plumbing system failures is the result of sewer backups.
Have a plumber install a backflow prevention assembly. Plant trees away from drain lines. Never pour grease down the drain.
5. Washing Machine Failure
More than half of the claims in a recent study were associated to washing machine rubber hose failures. Life expectancy of rubber hoses is three to five years.
Inspect supply hoses yearly and replace every five years with reinforced hoses. Circumvent overloading the machine and if absent for an extended period of time, turn off the water supply to the machine.
Source: Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
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