Safeguard your home from water damage.
Water damage is among the most serious and expensive types of damage that your home can sustain. While most homeowners associate water damage with major storms, floods, or other natural disasters, your everyday appliances actually pose a greater risk. If you want to prevent your household appliances from causing water damage, then here are some of the steps that you should take.
- Check for leaks: Check the areas around your appliances for signs of leakage every four months or so. Undetected leaks are one of the worst culprits when it comes to household water damage.
- Check supply hoses: You should also check the supply hoses leading to your appliances to ensure that their connections are water-tight and that they do not show signs of damage. Keep in mind that damage to these hoses may not be visible, so you should replace the supply hoses on your washing machine and dishwasher every five years.
- Avoid running appliances unattended: You should only run your washing machine and dishwasher when someone is at home to monitor situations. This way you can stop running your appliance at the first sign of a leak or other malfunction.
- Read manuals: You should read the owner’s manual for your washing machine and dishwasher to ensure that you are using the right detergents and operating your appliances in accordance with manufacturer recommendations. This will reduce the chance of you accidentally damaging your appliances and suffering from water damage.
Take these steps to prevent your appliances from causing water damage to your property. Want another way to take care of your home? Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place. For assistance with all your coverage needs, contact an insurance professional at Westwood Insurance Agency today.