Planning a vacation? Protect your home from water damage.

Water damage is the second most common insurance claim from homeowners, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Storms, freezing temperatures, and leaking pipes and appliances are thought to be the most common causes of costly water damage.

Dealing with water damage is never a pleasant experience. However, when you’re on vacation, it can quickly snowball into a full-fledged disaster.

If a pipe bursts while you’re away, water can soak for days, ruining carpets and furnishings and jeopardizing your home’s structural stability. Furthermore, the increased moisture may promote the spread of hazardous mold.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help prevent water damage from occurring in the first place. While it may be tempting to put these tasks at the bottom of your pre-holiday must-do list, you’ll be sorry if you return home to a flooded house.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home While You’re On Vacation

  • Inspect Your Home For Leaks- Before you depart, thoroughly inspect your home for any leaks. Inspect the pipes beneath each sink for cracks, damage, or rust, as well as the water heater for cracks, damage, or corrosion. Examine your roof for any loose or broken shingles. Roof leaks can occur as a result, so replace any broken shingles before leaving.
  • Turn Off the Main Water Valve- The most basic approach to prevent water damage is to turn off your home’s water supply at the main valve. After turning off the water, run the faucets and flush the toilets to prevent the pipes from freezing and breaking in cold weather. Keep in mind that this is where the water that enters your home is controlled, so make sure your family or neighbors are aware of its location in the event of an emergency.
  • Consider Your Appliances- Turn off the valves to all of your large appliances if you need to keep the water running for any reason, such as an automated sprinkler system or a pool pump. All appliances, including the dishwasher, dryer, and icemaker, should be turned off. Switches or valves that can be readily turned off should be included. Don’t forget about common leak sources like toilets and sinks. Underneath these, there should be a basic valve mechanism.
  • Check Your Gutters- Perform a comprehensive 360-degree gutter inspection before packing your items. Check your gutters for debris such as sticks, feathers, and leaves that could clog them and cause them to overflow or block. Also, make sure that any downspouts are at least 10 feet away from your home’s exterior. If they do not, significant flooding around your home may occur during the rainy season.

If you sustain water damage while traveling, you’ll need to rely on a team of experts that can respond quickly and effectively. Not only can we repair water damage to your property, but we can also treat it for mold infestations. Restoration 1 of Northern Minnesota is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (even on holidays!), and will work tirelessly to restore your home to its original condition. We’ll handle the water damage so you can concentrate on your family’s wellness. Please contact us as soon as possible!

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