Rain, rain, and more rain! Los Angeles has been hit hard by recent storms. I’m sure many of you are discovering leaks you didn’t even know existed. But weather isn’t the only source of water intrusion. Structural issues like pipe leaks can be just as destructive. Water damage is one of the most common problems homeowners face. In fact, homeowners are seven times more likely to experience water damage than fire damage, and six times more likely to experience water damage than a burglary. Below are a few tips to help prevent household leaks.
1. Check hoses & faucets on a regular basis:
Inspect on an annual basis and replace every 5-7 years.
2. Check showers and tubs:
Make sure caulking is watertight. If there are cracks, replace it.
3. Know where and how to shut off your water main:
In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water from a leak.
4. Install floor pans:
Consider installing floor pans under your appliances. These can prevent damage from small slow undetected leaks.
5. Consider purchasing point-of-leak water alarms:
When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat.
6. Consider purchasing a water flow monitoring system:
The system works by measuring water flow into your house. If it detects continuous water flow beyond the normal stopping and starting of your every day appliances, it stops the flow of water into your house automatically.
Stay dry out there!