"Imagine the awful sight of coming home to a flooded basement. It can happen to anyone without expecting it; whether traveling or just at work for the day it can be very damaging," said
Here are a few tips from Williams to help homeowners prepare before a flood occurrence:
- Consider Your Hot Water Heater - You should know the age of your hot water heater. Daily usage and water condition can heavily impact the lifespan of it. Keep an eye out for any drips, leaks, or rust spots for it might be an early indication that its better days are well behind it. This is, unfortunately, a very common occurrence for us.
- Don't Overthink the Obvious - Your existing copper piping may be showing sign of corrosion and/or leaks. Preventative maintenance is the best medicine for your existing plumbing.
- Brass is Good for the Scrapyard - Not Your Home - We find that most brass piping is between 60-100 years old in
New England. Replacement is encouraged before neglecting any potential water damage.
- Obtain a Flood Insurance Policy and Know Your Coverages - Find out if you have a flood insurance policy. If you don't have a flood insurance policy, contact your insurance agent today. Make sure you are clear on your coverage amount before a flood occurs.
- Protect Important Documents - Keep receipts and copies of all important documents in a safe place well above the basement, including mortgage papers, passport, bank information and insurance policies.
- Itemize and Take Photos of Property - Create an itemized list and take pictures of your home, property and possessions as proof of your pre-flood assets and store them with your important documents securely.
- Build or Buy an Emergency Kit - Like they always say, keep an emergency kit on hand with a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, candles, waterproof matches, bottled water and non-perishable food for a minimum of three days.
To find out more about 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric and how the company can help you prevent and repair flood damage, visit www.call128.com or call 1-888-419-4233.
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