One of the most disheartening experiences is to find flooding or extreme water damage to your treasured Florida home. We know you want to protect what’s important. That’s why we’re offering these tips to help you prevent many of the most common causes of water damage.
Just a little time and some effort can prevent a lot of heartache and hassle:
- Make sure your water pressure is not set too high. For just $6 or so, you can purchase a gauge that will help you test the strength for the appropriate level, between 60 and 80 PSI.
- Standard hoses on new appliances are not as durable as they used to be. So, check your devices. If they’re rubber, either replace them with longer-lasting stainless steel braided hoses or replace them every three years.
- Keep water from leaking into the walls or floor of your bathroom by replacing cracked tiles and re-grouting when it’s needed.
- Examine the shingles on your roof. Worn, curled or missing shingles allow water in, so replace them as soon as noticed.
- Consider buying a water alarm, which can help you find leaks, or automatic shut-off mechanisms, which can help avoid bursts.
- A lot of water damage occurs when you and your family are away from home. Avoid running the washing machine or dishwasher while you’re out.
- When you leave for vacations, turn off the water supply to appliances.
- Keep up maintenance on all appliance hoses. Slow leaks from worn-out hoses can cause significant damage, and Homeowners insurance coverage does not apply.
An Extra Note About Front-Loading Washing Machines
Speaking of appliances, if you have a front-loading washing machine, it’s essential to know that the seal around the door opening, or gasket, there to keep water inside the tub during the wash and spin cycles. If you notice water on the floor in front of the washer, rivulets of detergent and water, or unexplained water marks around the door, the seal may have failed. The first sign of seal failure on your front-loading washer is usually water dripping or flowing from the bottom of the door.
This loss of water indicates that the seal is torn, cracked, or crumbling. Age, mold and mildew, and improper cleaning can cause the seal to fail. Clean the seal regularly but handle it gently and avoid harsh cleaners that break down the rubber. Replace all seals that fail. On most models, clips hold the seal in place. Unplug the machine, pull the old seal out of the clips, and carefully press the new one into place. Check that it is secured with the clips to prevent leaks and damage to the new seal.
The Wurzel Insurance Agency can work with you to ensure you have the coverage you need. Give us a call at (407) 977-5700 to speak with one of our experienced agents or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.