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Prevention of In-Home Floods

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One of the most common problems homeowners face is water damage due to a major leak or flood in their home caused by a plumbing failure.  Approximately 20-30% of home insurance claims are due to (non-weather related) home flooding. This is approximately 7x more common than claims related to house fires!  Many of these floods are preventable.  Did you know there is an electronic innovation, available at most home improvement stores, that can give you a major advantage in preventing home flooding and water damage?  It's called an automated water shut-off valve. 


These devices can be positioned at the water source (where water plumbing enters your home) or they can be positioned near a specific appliance, such as a hot water heater, washing machine or dishwasher.​  Another important feature to in-home water safety and plumbing fitness, is to use braided metal hoses with all major appliances.  These tubes are reinforced, last longer and are far superior to regular rubber water intake lines.  

By using electronic sensors to identify a leak or potential flood, an automated shut-off valve has the ability to instantly turn off the water in your home. This prevents or minimizes a home flood or water damage throughout your home and gives you time to get the issue fixed. ​ Remember, a leak in something as small as an upstairs toilet -- if unnoticed for an extended period of time -- can destroy your entire home!


Here is a visual of an Auto Shut-Off Valve.


Another version of an Auto Shut-off valve.

Caution:  these valves need to be checked regularly so to ensure performance when needed!


Shut-off valve at an Appliance

While "whole-house" shut-off valves provide greater protection, if there is particularly concern about an older, often-used appliance, a valve there can make great sense too.

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