A pipe bursts, a sump pump overflows, or a major appliance breaks down—these are just a few of the common ways that water may leak into your home and cause serious damage.
The last thing a homeowner ever wants to find in their house is water dripping, trickling, or pooling where it’s not supposed to be. That’s because even a small amount of unwanted water in a home can quickly cause structural damage, ruin personal belongings, and lead to a buildup of mold or mildew. As a property owner, it’s essential to know where water damage is likely to start and how to identify any potential water-related issues before they become a serious problem.
These are the three questions homeowners often have about protecting their home from water damage:
- What are the most likely sources of water damage in my home?
- What are the signs water may have already impacted my home?
- What are steps I can take to try to prevent water leaks and damage before they happen?
If, despite your best efforts to protect and maintain your property, water damage occurs, the immediate need is to locate the source of the leak and stop the flow of water. If you can’t pinpoint the problem or if it’s not a simple fix, then it’s best to shut off your home’s main water supply and call a licensed plumber. The next person you should contact is your insurance representative here at Herlihy Insurance Group. If the cause of the water damage is covered by your homeowners insurance, our team will help you navigate the claims process and provide support and guidance while the necessary cleanup and repairs are completed.
Water damage is one of the most costly, common, and potentially avoidable home insurance claims, but it’s certainly not the only threat to your property. If you would like more information on ways to safeguard your home, please reach out to us! We are dedicated to helping you take exceptional care of your valuable investment.