3 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Performance Property Real Estate Question

Q: We recently had a huge flood in our home while we were on vacation. What can we do to prevent water damage in the future? Brian, Wayne, NJ

1. Know where the stopcock is in your home. A home’s stopcock turns off the water from the supply pipe as it enters the home–this will shut off all the water in your property. It’s important to know where the stopcock in your home is because a severe leak or rupture can take only minutes to cause severe damage. Knowing where and how to shut off the water supply in a home is very important to limiting water damage.

2. Proactively check for leaks. Minor leaks can easily go unnoticed but can do significant damage to a home over time and increase your water bill significantly. For example, a leaky tap can waste over 50 gallons of water in just a week! Therefore, you should check under sinks and around appliances like dishwashers and washing machines for signs of stray water.

3. Check your sump pump regularly. Many homeowners have sump pumps in their basements. A sump pump plays a critical role in ensuring that a basement won’t flood after lots of rain has fallen. If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working and that it is serviced once a year.

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