How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Ft. Lauderdale Home

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You might think that water damage in Ft. Lauderdale would mostly be caused by tropical storms and hurricanes with their high winds and torrential downpours. There's no question that shingles or tiles ripped from roofs or a tree poking through a plate glass window are going to present serious water damage threats but the real risk comes from within the house itself. Nearly 60% of most homes have either an appliance that uses water or have water lines running in the walls. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage claims are the second most frequently filed claim for homeowner policies.

Water damage comes in two varieties, the catastrophic like a washer or hot water heater failing, and the sneaky slow leak. Either type can lead to serious water damage and the formation of mold but the slow leak is more difficult to detect and often does extensive damage before you even become aware of it.

So what can you do to prevent water damage in your Ft. Lauderdale home? Here's a short list of ideas:

  • When washers fail it's usually because of frayed hoses. Replace existing connections with steel braid hoses which can be purchased at most home improvement stores for under $20.
  • Look for water where water doesn't belong. Check under sinks, along baseboards, under the refrigerator and check for stains on walls and ceilings. If you find water, track it back to its source and either attempt a DIY repair or call a pro.
  • If you notice an unexplained jump in your water bill try the following. Turn off the water to sinks, toilets, hot water heater and dish washer. Then check your water meter and see if it's registering use. If it is, you most likely have a leak in a line and odds are you'll need to have a licensed water removal professional locate it.

The best way to prevent extensive water damage to your Ft. Lauderdale home is detecting leaks early and responding to them. Don't take on the job yourself, get the entire family involved. The more eyes involved the drier you'll stay.

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