Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters U.S. residences face. Small leaks can turn into costly water damage. Cracks in pipes as small as 1/8th of an inch can release up to 250 gallons of water per day.
- According to the National Flood Insurance Program a 1,000 square foot home with just one inch of standing water will cost the resident more than $10,000 in damages.
- The cost doubles to $20,000 in damages with six inches of standing water.
- In fact, according to the Chubb Insurance Corporation 37% of all homeowners claim they have experienced losses due to water damage. The Insurance Information Institute has said these homeowners and renters accounts for billions of dollars in losses annually.
It is even more important to check for leaks before leaving on vacation. If they aren’t careful, home owners can return to costly water damage. Here are some things to check before leaving your home for an extended period.
- Turn off the main valve to the plumbing system.
- Shut off individual valves under your sinks and behind the toilets.
- Check the valve behind your refrigerator that feeds your ice maker
- Shut off valves to your washer. This is the most common water problem while home owners are gone.
- Walk around the outside of the home and ake sure nothing is leaking outside before leaving.
- If you are gone for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor or relative to stop by the home and check that nothing has been broken or continues to run while away.
Make sure that small leaks don’t turn into Floods by Calling Glover Plumbing to have your small leaks repaired quickly.