The main reason why homeowners agree to insure their homes is because of the possibility of Lakeland water damage—whether from a leaked pipe or nature-induced causes. Though most home insurance policies will have no problem taking over a problem like this, ensuring that you will have your homes back in its old form, the easier route rather than to claim a policy is to prevent the possibility of a water damage ever happening to your homes.
There are ways to protect yourself against water damage losses and insurance claims. Just follow these helpful tips:
Clean gutters and downspouts
One of the main reasons for Lakeland water damage is clogged gutters and downspouts. When these are not properly cleaned, the water has no way to go but inside the house. It can cause condensation and moist on your ceilings and walls. To avoid blockage, clean the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. Standing water can damage your gutters while unmanaged overflow will create puddles that will weaken your foundation.
If you’re going out of town for a while, you may disconnect the hoses from the pipes. Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe when the permit is too cold. This can bust your pipe and create damage to your walls, floor, and the foundation of your house structure. This is especially important to do if you already suspect that there’s a water damage happening somewhere.
Prune trees and vegetation
Though they make your homes aesthetically pleasing from the outside, their roots can wrap around your pipes and cause them to break. When doing a landscaping, make sure they are away from the pipes, and you may have to remove trees and shrubs that have become too big already.
Monitor your water bill
The easiest way to know that water is leaking somewhere in your homes is to monitor the water bill. If it jumped significantly high from one month to another, that means a further explanation is needed. What could possibly cause the jump in your water bill? You have to act like a “detective” and investigate what the source is.
Check the water pressure
Check the water pressure in your house regularly. If the pressure is too high, the pipes and hoses may not be able to manage holding the water off. You can buy a water pressure gauge from any hardware store and attach it to the outside of the faucet. To check the pressure, open the faucet on full force. If it’s too high, lower it down to an average.