So often we’re brought into insurance claims that could have been avoided if the property owner knew what to look for before the damage occurred. As a licensed Public Adjuster, I see this all the time. In addition to being a Public Adjuster, I am also a certified Water Remediation Specialist. Below, I offer you—the property owner—seven steps to help you avoid a water damage loss to your property and possessions.
STEP #1: Check plumbing for any signs of corrosion every 6-12 months. This includes checking all visible pipes, shut-offs, washing machine hoses, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. Make sure that the connections are in good condition and nothing is broken. If you find something corroded, call your plumber immediately to get the pipes changed out.
STEP #2: Keep an eye on your hot water heater. They have a typical life span of 10-12 years, usually with a 10-year warranty. Signs that your water heater might be failing include a lack of consistency in water temperature and the length of time the water stays hot. Another telltale sign that your water heater is failing occurs when you find yourself consistently turning up the temperature in an effort to get hot water. Finally, if the heater shows signs of corrosion you should plan on proactively changing it out for a new one.