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Tips to avoid water damage inside your home

Water damage is the #1 threat to homes in Ontario. 

Make sure you have the right insurance to protect you. We provide expert advice on water-damage coverage.

Here are some things you can do inside your home to keep water out:

Install backflow valves or plugs for drains, toilets and other sewer connections. The valve will automatically close if sewage backs up from the main sewer, preventing water from entering your home.

Consider investing in a sump pump. It collects water from the weeping tiles aeround your basement and pushes water outside the house through a discharge pipe. Make sure the pipe extends at least 6 feet (1.8 metres) away from your house and that the sump pump has a reliable backup source in the event of a power outage. Don't forget to replace the batteries every 2 to 3 years.

Inspect pipes and hot water tanks regularly for leaks. Replace them at the first signs of rust or corrosion.

Be aware of signs that indicate your pipes or plumbing may be leaking. Look for condensation around pipes, watch for stains on walls or ceilings, or a musty smell.

Never leave running taps unattended. 

Keep appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine in good condition and replace when showing signs of age. Avoid running applicances when no one is home. 

Inspect hoses every six months and replace any with kinks. Replace plastic connections lines on appliances with steel braided hoses. 

Arrange to have someone check your property daily if you are going to be away from your home.

For more details, contact a member of our insurance team!

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