It does not matter if a water leak is a catastrophic water leak or a small unnoticed water leak, the damage can be devastating. Here is a list of things you can do to protect your home from water damage.
1. Check showers and tubs. Make sure all your shower and tub caulking are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.
2. Check hoses and faucets regularly. hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator should be checked on an annual basis. if there are cracks or water leaks replace immediately. Replacing all hoses every five to seven years is recommended.
3. Know where and how to shut off your water main. If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water.
4. Install floor pans. Installing floor pans under your appliances cannot protect you from a catastrophic leak, but they can prevent damage from small slow undetected leaks.
5. Consider purchasing point of leak water alarms. Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump.