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Keep Water at Bay While You’re Away

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Be Sure To Avoid a Water Disaster

The damage from a water leak in your Fort Myers, FL, home can be detrimental enough when caught immediately. So, when it happens while you’re away for days, what started as a small leak can develop into a flooded mess. As if that’s not enough, you then have to endure the expense of a water pipe repair and water damage restoration. Before leaving for vacation, be sure to avoid a water disaster by:

1. Cleaning the Gutters
Examine your gutters and make sure that they’re free of debris. Also, make sure downspouts are free of blockages.

2. Checking the Sump Pump
It’s important to make sure that your sump pump is in proper working order before you leave. Run the sump pump after filling the pit with water to make sure that it’s free of debris and working properly.

3. Looking for Leaks
A water leak can spring from a variety of sources. Inspect under sinks for plumbing leaks. Check around your appliances to make sure that hoses are undamaged and connected securely; examine refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and washing machine fittings. Make sure that your water heater is free of cracks. If you detect a plumbing leak, save yourself a lot of time and money by making a water pipe repair before you leave.

4. Insulating Pipes
If you’re vacationing in the winter and there’s a possibility of it getting below freezing, you’ll need to make sure that your pipes are protected. Sleeves and heat tape are available for quick and easy insulation. Be sure to leave the heat on in your home while you’re away to further protect the pipes from freezing. Also, leave the cabinet doors open to your sinks so that the pipes can have more exposure to your home’s heat.
If your home experiences a water disaster from a broken pipe, call a plumber for the water pipe repair. Then, you can count on water damage cleanup experts to return your home to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

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