Another flooded home! We see it all the time with our Insurance and Real Estate services, especially in vacant properties.
Today a realtor was showing a vacant home our office had listed and as soon as they opened the door they could hear water spraying. The furnace had cut out and the home froze up; pipes, toilets and fridge waterline. This causes major damage to vacant properties before they are noticed and we have some good tips to help prevent this from happening to you.
If you are going to be away over the weekend or longer try these tips:
- Turn up the heat; this can buy you time in a power outage or equipment breakdown situation.
- Change the batteries in your thermostat before you go. Did you know if your battery dies your furnace will shut off?
- Change your furnace filter before you leave. If your filter is dirty it can suffocate the furnace causing it cut out.
- Service your equipment. If you are gone for a long period of time especially, have a plumber clean and service your furnace or boiler.
- Have steel braided hoses to your fridge and washing machine. The small plastic fridge lines and rubber hoses on washing machines fail every day. They have a much shorter life span and can burst even without freezing.
In our line of business, we see these things happen over and over, they can be prevented with these precautionary measures. If you are going away on holidays make sure to either:
- Have a reliable person check your home daily for heat.
- Shut off your water supply and drain all the pipes, fixtures and appliances.
- Have your home monitored 24 hours for a low-temperature signal.
Keep in mind when a home is vacant and you are not coming back to live in the home you may have restrictions on water escape and pipe rupture claims.
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