Water damage accounts for a large percentage of homeowner's claims every year. Let's face it, if you're unfortunate enough to experience flooding in your basement during a storm or your roof leaks, water damage can be difficult to deal with and expensive to clean up.
But not all water damage is caused by storms. Let's take a look at the top 4 causes of non-weather related water damage and how you can avoid them:
- Leaks from washing machine hoses: Washing machine hoses should be inspected annually and replaced every 5 years - or immediately, if there are any signs of cracking or bulging.
- Leaky plumbing around water heaters: Plumbing should be inspected annually and repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, water heaters should be installed in an area with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
- Leaks from refrigerator ice machines: Ice maker connections, usually located in the refrigerator, should be inspected annually and hoses replaced if they appear cracked or corroded.
- Clogged drain lines on air conditioning units: Air conditioning drain lines should be checked yearly.