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How to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

Last updated on August 8th, 2018 at 05:07 pm

Water is one of your home’s worst enemies. If moisture or water finds its way to unwelcome areas in your house, you could find yourself with mold, compromised structural integrity, damaged possessions, and other headaches.

Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the risk of water damage in your home. To help your prevention efforts the Plymouth Rock team put together these top tips to keep you and your home dry and help avoid water damage in your home.:

  • Clean Those Gutters: A clogged gutter can cause water to overflow and spill near your foundation or allow water to damage and leak through your roof. Just make sure you check out our helpful tricks and safety concerns before climbing any ladders.
  • Mind Your Landscaping: In general, you want water to flow away from your home. You should also be mindful of plants with invasive roots that could damage your pipes, sprinkler system, and more.
  • Be Kind to Your Drains: Grease can wreak havoc on your pipes by clinging to the walls and causing blockage. Never pour grease down your drain. Instead, throw grease in an empty can or other disposable container and discard it in the trash after it hardens. If you do experience a clog in your drain (hopefully not due to grease), you should try an inexpensive drain snake before pouring in any chemicals that can corrode your pipes.
  • Know the Warning Signs: Obviously, if you see water where it shouldn’t be, it’s time to do something. But sometimes, water can cause damage in areas that aren’t usually visible. Keep an eye on your water bill for any irregularities or gradual creeping. If you suspect something is not right, it’s worth getting it checked out. A bit of maintenance now is always preferable to a mold issue or other problem down the road.

In the unfortunate event that your home or possessions do experience water damage, it’s possible that your homeowners insurance will provide coverage. Be sure to submit a claim with your insurance company as soon as possible and keep accurate records for any emergency work you have done. If you do experience damage and need to file a claim with Plymouth Rock Assurance, you may report it online.

Please note: Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage caused by flooding. Only flood insurance covers physical damage to your property and possessions caused by a flood. Whether or not your home is located in a flood zone, you may want to consider a flood insurance policy— to FloodSmart.gov, as little as one inch of water in a 2,000-square-foot home can result in more than $20,000 in damages.

Do you have any other tips to keep your home safe from water damage? Let us hear them in the comments below!

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