Is This on your Prepare-for-Vacation Check List?

March 8, 2018

When preparing to leave your home for extended vacations, one of the smartest things a homeowner can add to their prep list is installation of an indoor flood and water damage prevention system. Indoor water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims on their home insurance, and repairing the leak and then the damage to walls, floors and furniture is a complicated and time-consuming process. The best way to address indoor flooding is to avoid it altogether.

Indoor Floods Can Happen Many Ways

Reasons for indoor floods vary from sump pump failure, water heater leaks, failed washing machine hoses, dishwasher fill valve and gasket leaks, freezing pipes bursting, sewer drain back-ups, and plumbing leaks around tubs, sinks and toilets. Installing a water leak detection and flood prevention system to your home is an easy and affordable way to ensure that floods do not happen while you are home or away.

Repairing Indoor Water Damage is Costly and Time-Consuming

Fixing the damage caused by an indoor flood is a complicated and time-consuming process. Besides the actual repair to the leak, several steps must be taken before and after the repair to get your home back to normal. Before the repair can take place, the main water supply will have to be turned off to put a halt to the flooding. Then all electrical items in the vicinity of the flood will have to be unplugged, and if they cannot be accessed safely, the main electrical supply will have to be shut off. Water is the perfect conductor for electricity and exposure could be lethal. Then a water extraction service may have to be contracted to remove standing water before repairs to the pipe or appliance can be started by a plumber.
After the water leak is fixed, water damage to floors, walls and household items must be repaired. Flooring, furniture and electronics that cannot be repaired will have to be replaced, and irreplaceable keepsakes that are damaged may be lost forever. Then the moisture remaining even after the standing water has been removed must be eradicated, by opening windows, running fans and setting up dehumidifiers. Finally, homes must be tested for mold and mildew growth that the invasive water may have caused. Treatment using disinfectants, deodorizers and replacement of drywall and insulation might be needed to stop the spread of mold and mildew throughout the home and to protect your family from toxins.

Indoor Flood Prevention Systems Prevent Water Damage before it Starts

The best way to address indoor flooding is to avoid it altogether. Flood prevention systems detect leaks before damage to your home is caused, either by shutting off your water automatically, or by allowing you to do it remotely or on site when you receive alerts on your phone. Flood prevention systems incorporate water sensors, cellular based remote access hubs and automatic water shut off valves to keep your home safe.
Even the savviest homeowner cannot anticipate all instances of flooding. That is why insurance companies recommend installing water damage prevention products and alert systems to protect your home and valuables. These systems are affordable and quick to install by Anthony Plumbing Heating and Cooling technicians. They can also be integrated into your existing home automation system, giving you complete control over your home environment while away.

Water Guardian is a Dependable Flood Prevention Solution

Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric’s Water Guardian flood prevention solution gives you peace of mind knowing that you are protected from water damage in your home. Give us a call at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y 268-4669 (913) or (816) for a free estimate.

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