Water Damage Tips

Written by Marty Walt on 03 November 2012.

According to one of the many companies we represent for personal home and auto insurance, Travelers Insurance Company found damage caused by water accounted for 28 percent of all property claims in the state of North Carolina between April 2009 and October 2009, compared to three percent for fire. Furthermore, weather accounted for only five percent of those water damage claims, meaning that proper maintenance within the home may help homeowners avoid some of these problems. While this is Oregon and not North Carolina, the same cause for concern exists. 

There are some simple maintenance techniques that can help avoid the top causes of water damage to homes. The following list provides preventive measures to help avoid the top four common causes of non-weather-related water damage:


Leaks from washing machine hoses: Washing machine hoses should be inspected annually and replaced every five years – or immediately, if there are any signs of cracking or bulging. Keep the water turned off when not using the machine.

Leaky plumbing around water heaters: Plumbing should be inspected annually and repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, water heaters should be installed in an area with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.

Leaks from refrigerator ice machines: Ice maker connections, usually located behind the refrigerator, should be inspected annually and hoses replaced if they appear cracked or corroded.

Clogged drain lines on air conditioning units: Air conditioning drain lines should be checked at least yearly, but preferably more often

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