Prevent a Water Damage
Water damage can happen quickly. It’s good that there are ways for homeowners to prevent it.
- Maintain your roof and be careful when installing vents, chimneys, and air conditioners.
- Keep gutters free of debris.
- Inspect irrigation systems for leaks.
- Check windows for water damage.
- Check siding for damage and punctures.
- Check appliances for water leaks.
- Maintain relative humidity lower than 55%. A relative humidity reader and a dehumidifier are good investments.
- Check leaks in places like under the sink, behind water heaters, washing machines, and toilets.
- Add food coloring to water in a toilet tank. Wait half an hour and see if color appears in the toilet bowl, indicating a leak.
- Take a water flow test if the food color test is negative but a leak is still suspected. Shut off water sources to your house. The flow indicator at the top of your water meter will move if water passes through, indicating a leak.