Don't forget to have your irrigation
system turned off and serviced in the fall of the year.
Inspect the hoses behind your washing
machine, under sinks, refrigerator ice maker line, etc. These hoses are
known to burst and cause flooding usually because of an inferior hose
choice. Replace all hoses with "burst proof" ones that can be purchased at
most big box hardware and lumber stores and are relatively affordable. The
most common hose to burst is the hot feed line on the back of the washing
machine. The poor quality hose is typically constructed of black rubber. The
braided burst proof types are far less likely to fail.
NEVER run your washing machine or
dishwasher when you are away from home!
NEVER leave your home for a vacation or
even an overnight stay without turning off the water at the main shut off.
Valuable items that are stored in a
basement such as photos, important documents, clothing, etc. should be
placed in water tight containers or plastic contractor bags if they are near
to the floor. Large Tupperware containers work well and are affordable.
Consider putting other storage items on top of two by four wood or purchase
inexpensive shelving units and allow for a water depth of 4 to 6 inches
before any items are exposed to flood water.
NEVER leave your home for any significant
amount of time without shutting off the main water valve into the home. The
most damaging of typically occurs during the winter months when a pipe is
frozen on the second level of a home and the home is unoccupied or the
residents are out of town. This scenario is catastrophic, costing tens of
thousands of dollars and often results in occupants having to move away from
the home for an extended period of time during the repairs.