7 Ways to Prevent Water Damage At Home

Be a leak detective

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Early detection can help keep water damage to a minimum, so even if you have multiple water sensors installed throughout your home, it’s good to do a manual leak audit every few months.

7 Ways to Prevent Water Damage At Home

Here’s Gjelsten’s method: “Examine your water bills and water meter: If you notice a sudden unexplained cost increase in your monthly bills, you could have a hidden leak. Go outside and read your water meter. Don’t use any water for two hours. Read the meter again. If it has moved, you’ve just confirmed you have a leak somewhere.”

Then, he says, go through your home and check everywhere possible for the leak. “Anything with water attached to it has the potential to leak. This includes sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, the ice maker, dishwasher, and washing machine.” Examine the fixtures and appliances for damaged rubber tubing or loose fittings, and check the surrounding area — including the ceilings and walls in rooms below bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms — for water stains, cracked pipes, and mold.

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