Water damage Miami claims have been growing faster than other claims in homeowners insurance. Most water damage risks in homes are associated with pipes and appliances, especially those that are not well maintained. Here’s a look at how you can prevent water damage from appliances in your home:
Sinks, Showers, and Bathtubs
Washing Machine and Dishwasher — Replace hoses to the washing machine and dishwasher every three years. Choose high-pressure, metal-mesh hoses — these are more durable and longer lasting than plastic hoses.
Automatic Icemaker — Be careful when pulling and pushing the refrigerator back in to not damage or kink the hose or pipe. Check the hose or pipe regularly for signs of damage.
Inspect appliance hoses every four months. Provide enough room around hoses to prevent kinks which can damage the hoses. Check for cracks, bulges or blisters. Make sure the connections are secure and feel for signs of moisture. Replace frayed or damaged hoses immediately.
Know where the main water shutoff is. Everyone in the household should know the location of the shutoff valves for the main water supply and all water-drawing appliances, and how to turn them off.
Shut off the main water supply if you’re going away from home for more than a week. Doing so can prevent unexpected leaks and water damage.
Consider installing leak detection devices designed to help you learn about a leak before it does damage. These devices also shut off the water supply just in time to prevent severewater damage South Florida.