COMMON CAUSES OF DAMAGE TO HOUSES PART I – WATER DAMAGE
Perhaps one of the most devastating things that can happen to your home is a burst pipe. Water lines to your refrigerator ice maker is a very common culprit. Dishwasher water lines, washing machine lines as well as toilet and sink supply lines are also usual suspects. Protect your home and check these water lines periodically. If you notice that any of these pipes are the old plastic type, invest in the braided metal lines for an added layer of protection. Imagine water flowing through your house and soaking all your belongings, your walls and depending on the type of flooring (wood or laminate), the continuous flooring may likely be destroyed. The direct damage from the water is bad enough but think about tearing out walls and floors and moving your salvageable items out of the house. A small investment in new water lines could save lots of money and a huge headache. ALSO BE AWARE: many insurance policies do not cover w ater losses if the home has been vacant for more than 14 consecutive days. That long summer vacation could cost a lot more than airline tickets and a hotel. Have someone check on your home daily when you go away from home.
** be aware that many older homes have copper piping. These pipes begin to leak over time and develop pinholes that can burst. The usual fix is to reply back your house. Instead of running the pipes under the home, many plumbers will recommend running the pipes through the attic. Keep in mind the disaster that can occur if one of those pipes leak.