Keep your home safe from water damage
The National Association of Realtors recently released an article with some great suggestions on keeping your home safe from water damage and what to do in the event of a flood or burst pipes. Here are the key steps outlined in their article for quick reference.
- Block Water From Entry Points
- Put in a Second Line of Defense
- Sump pumps
- French drains
- Exterior waterproofing
- Interior drain tiles
- Boilers and furnaces should be elevated to keep from being flooded
- Window wells should drain properly and be accessible for debris removal.
- Alarm systems in your home should connect to a computer, the Internet, or a mobile device to warn you of impending disaster.
- Act fast if water pours in
- Turn off pipes once water starts flowing.
- Prioritize people and pets. If water comes in fast and furiously, get everyone out.
- Protect Your Pipes
- Open cabinet doors to allow in warmer air and let faucets drip, both help avoid freezing when temperatures plummet.
For more information on keeping your home safe from water damage or to read the article in full, click here.