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QUICK TIPS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

QUICK TIPS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE

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Water damage can result in the loss of valuables and disrupt your life. A study by the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) identified 10 areas where proper maintenance can help a homeowner avoid experiencing such a loss.

LOSS PREVENTION AND MAINTENANCE

• After flushing, remain in or near the bathroom until the fill valve has finished refilling the bowl.

• If the bowl or tank begins to overflow, turn off the water at the supply valve.

• Inspect the flushing mechanism inside the toilet every 6 months.

• The fill valve should shut off when the float reaches the proper water level.

• Replace the flapper or fill valve assembly if you notice intermittent or constant tank refilling when the toilet is not in use.

• Inspect the supply line every 6 months.

• Ensure the connection to the valve is secure.

• Operate the valve to make sure the water supply will shut off. Replace if needed.

STUDY FACTS:

A burst water supply line caused half of all water damage incidents involving washing machines.

On average, these incidents caused more than $6,000 in damage per incident.

LOSS PREVENTION AND MAINTENANCE TIPS

• Turn supply valves off when not in use.

• Water damage can result in the loss of valuables and disrupt your life.

• A study by the Institute for Business & Home Safety identified 9 areas where proper maintenance can help a homeowner avoid experiencing such a loss.

• Consider installing a lever-type valve that is easy to operate between uses.

• Do not operate the washing machine while the home is unoccupied.

• Leave a 3 to 4 inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection.

• Inspect the water supply line hoses every 6 months.

• Ensure that the connection to the valve is secure, but avoid over-tightening.

• Hand tighten first.

• Then tighten an additional 2/3 of a turn using pliers.

• Check the hoses for cracks, kinks or blisters, which are most commonly found near the hose connection.

• Washing machine manufacturers recommend replacing washing machine hoses every 5 years.

• Consider reinforced braided stainless steel hoses.

 

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