While most cases of interior water damage occur due to dumb (bad) luck, there are a handful of times where some general preventative maintenance could have avoided costly damages.

Here’s some things to consider if you’d like to avoid the trouble:

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the main water shut off valve. Also find the circuit breaker for the well pump. Knowing how to quickly shut these off can keep a small flood from growing into a big one.
  • Turn off your main water supply before leaving the home for vacation or long weekend away. Consult with your plumbing and HVAC service professional for the safest shut off procedures.
  • Inspect or upgrade supply lines to faucets, appliances, and fixtures. Upgrade plastic and pvc lines with braided stainless steel lines.
  • Prevent or remove ice build up on the roof. Ice build up creates a dam for water to pool up in and eventually leak into the home.
  • Consider installing water alarms or flow monitor systems.
  • Consider installing a battery back up for any sump or injector pumps.
  • Annually service your furnace mounted humidifier.
  • Ask your plumbing and HVAC provider about their annual service plan or flood prevention program.