We put together the following list of practical tips to help you avoid any possible home or contents insurance claims arising from water damage.
Tip 1: When you go on holiday, make sure to shut off the water supply to your home.
Tip 2: Make sure to repair any loose or cracked tiles in your shower and to fix any damaged grout lines every six months.
Tip 3: Inspect all sinks, toilets, and dishwashers for any signs or leaks or corrosion on a regular basis.
Tip 4: Make sure to inspect appliance hoses and plumbing fittings for breakage or bending.
Tip 5: Double check the connection to your washing machine and avoid over tightening.
Tip 6: Always leave a small gap (between 7cm and 10cm) behind the washing machine to avoid hose kinks.
Tip 7: Keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you receive a water bill that is too high, for no apparent reason, there may be a water leak somewhere on your property.
Tip 8: Clean out roof gutters on a regular basis. If your gutters are too high, call in the help of a professional.
Tip 9: Make sure to inspect your roof for any cracks or breaks and to have these repaired as soon as possible.
Tip 10: Inspect your outside walls, windows and doors for any unusual wear and tear. Repair and replace caulk, glazing, weather stripping, and door seals if needed.
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