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5 Home Flood Prevention Tips

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
home flood prevention

Home flood prevention is a common concern among homeowners and insurers alike. Statistics show losses due to residential fires have notably declined in recent years. Meanwhile, damage from indoor flooding has surged. This increase could be for many reasons: aging plumbing, an increasing number of appliances connected to water lines, even a growing trend toward installing washing machines on upper floors of homes.

That’s why effective home flood prevention is now a front-and-center issue. Here are 5 ways not to become the next statistic:

1.There’s no such thing as a ‘minor’ leak

Adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward any plumbing leaks, drips or other evidence of seepage from pipes, connections, or fixtures, no matter how small. Frequently these are harbingers of major indoor flooding events. Have any plumbing issues inspected immediately by a qualified plumber.

2. Basements are ground zero for indoor flooding

Install a basement sump pump. Water supply lines are frequently routed there. Saturated soil during heavy rains can infiltrate and flood the basement. A sump pump automatically activates to pump water out of the basement into the backyard before floodwater accumulates.

3. Know how to shut off water to the house

Be sure you know where the main water shutoff valve is and how it operates (some are rotary valves, some are lever-operated). Check the valve for proper operation twice a year and call a plumber if it’s difficult to turn. Also, shut off the valve if you’re going away.

4. Install a sewer backflow valve

A sewage backup into a home is water damage of the worst kind. Toxic contamination makes the water damage recovery process very complex. A sewer backflow valve allows the sewage flow in one direction only—away from the house.

5. Replace aging washing machine supply hoses

Do it now. Rubber hoses become brittle and may rupture. This can cause catastrophic water damage without warning. Replace them with braided stainless steel lines that provide greater reliability and longer life.