Water damage accounts for about 25 percent of all property insurance claims. In fact, 2012 Travelers Claim data suggests that water is ten times more likely to damage your home than fire. While you probably know that weather-related water damage can be significant, you may not know that damage caused when ordinary household appliances fail can be just as destructive.¹
- Know where the main water supply is in case of emergency.
- If you will be away for a while, shut off the water supply and drain the pipes.
- Consider having your air conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged.
- Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and dishwashers annually, and have them repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in an area with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
For more tips, go to Travelers, Home Maintenance site, here.