How to prevent water damage when you’re on vacation

At some point all of us need to take a vacation. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip away or a much longer trip to your planning having your house prepared will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your vacation. Here are a few things you can do to leave your house in the best condition to prevent water damage.

 

  • Double check that all doors and windows locked and secured keypad wind and rain. This is one of the most likely causes of water damage and one of the most easily prevented.
  • Set your water heater temperature control to the vacation setting and a shot off the gas supply to the water heater. This will not only prevent potential water damage but will also save you money and prevent your water heater from heating up water that you will never use.
  • shut off your water supply line to washing machines, toilets, sinks and of course your fridge and icemaker. The less things are using water while you’re away more money you’ll save and the more likely the years to come home not finding your home flooded.
  • If you have a basement and if you have a sump pump make sure that it is in working order The last thing you want to do is come home to find your basement flooded.
  • Some of the major causes of water damage while you’re away our leaking water heaters, appliances that started to leak, pipes that have burst and in particularly cold climates frozen pipes.

 

 

Understanding Flood Damage

What are your plans for yourself and your family in the event of a flood? Do you have a plan to minimise the flood damage? Do you know who you would call for help? Do you already have an insurance company and if so are you certainly a loss would be covered? Floods caused by a number of different factors but think that is always the same is that they leave destruction in their wake and preparation is your best weapon with which to fight them.

 

The clogging of city drainage due to garbage, random soil deposits, hurricanes and of course ineffective drainage systems are all factors that will help the flood rather than hinder it. Apart from the inherent water damage that floods cause, they also bring Earth, garbage and other hazardous materials along with them and leave them behind. These materials are often extremely hazardous and should only be handled by a professional cleanup crew.

 

A professional water damage restoration company will not only remove the standing water in your home, but will also sanitise and clean areas affected by the flood and dehumidifier your home. There were also cleaning carpets and most importantly communicate with your insurance provider. Be aware that most home insurance does not cover flood damage. If you’re in an area that suffers from flooding you should seek out a separate flood insurance. That way you know that in the event your house will be covered. Floods cause destruction but insurance leads to peace of mind.