Plumbing

Prior to the winter months, ensure that all cracks, holes, and other openings on the exterior walls are sealed tightly with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating the wall cavity. When extreme cold weather is predicted, let all faucets drip to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet. The pressure buildup is the actual cause of bursting pipes.

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Washing machine failures are one of the top causes of interior water damage. Look for signs the supply hose may be ready to fail. These include blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks or a loose connection. Conduct monthly inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines. Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear. Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late.

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Water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident after the deductible was paid. If you think your water heater is not in risk, keep in mind that 69 percent of all water heater failures result from a slow leak or sudden burst. Don’t get stuck with cold showers and costly water damage repairs due to water heater failure. Prevent hot water heater problems, including a leaking water heater, with these 4 steps for water heater maintenance.

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Water damage in your bathroom can drain your wallet, which is why IBHS urges property owners to complete preventive maintenance before trouble strikes. Common toilet problems and plumbing issues can lead to water damage. Avoid costly water damage repair and water damage restoration. Take care of plumbing repair as soon as they occur. It is the best way to prevent toilet-related water damage.

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Plumbing systems and drains cost homeowners time and money more than any other source of water loss. It only takes a small amount of water soaking into floors, walls or cabinets from a faulty pipe, or bubbling up from a backed-up sewer drain to cause thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business. An IBHS study of closed water damage insurance claims identified plumbing pipes and drain systems as leading causes of interior water damage.

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