02 March 2007


An Ounce of Prevention: Household Water Damage

Here's a great tip from an article called Ten Things Your Plumber Won't Tell You on SmartMoney.com: "Water is the single most common cause of household damage, according to a nationwide analysis by Safeco Insurance, a Seattle-based homeowner's insurance company.

From 2002 to 2004, 30% of home water-damage claims resulted from appliance failure and another 62% from faulty plumbing systems. The biggest culprits: water heaters and washing machines. And repairs are costly. Safeco found that American households with water damage spent an average of $5,000 for each episode in that same period.

Some easy cautionary measures, however, can lessen the risk of water damage and dramatically reduce your reliance on plumbers. First, take stock. Make a checklist of your home's water-based appliances and equipment — water heaters, washing machines, sump pumps — and note any wear and tear, especially on appliance parts (washing machine hoses, for example). Water heaters have a life expectancy that is hard to predict, so check yours monthly for puddling and follow all maintenance guidelines to a T. There might not be an immediately visible problem, but tanks can rust on the inside, leading to a rupture."

If you would like to find a water heater professional to inspect your system, post your request on ConstructionDeal.com. We'll match you with a local water heater pro for free.

It saves you time from having to search through the yellow pages and saves you money by having multiple companies bidding on the project.

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