How to Prevent Water Damage

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Water damage is one of the biggest threats that homeowners face. Whether caused by basement flooding or plumbing system failures, the extent and cost of water damage can be devastating. Keep reading to learn how to prevent water damage to your home.

Why Take Measures to Prevent Water Damage?

Water damage can cost you literally thousands of dollars in home repairs. Did you know that property loss due to water damage and freezing is six times more likely than burglary—and far more costly, averaging up to $15,000 per claim? Furthermore, according to Travelers Insurance data, your home is up to ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire. Water damage is the number one cause of homeowners insurance claims—making it arguably the largest threat faced by homeowners today.

Water Damage from Basement Flooding

Basement flooding is a very big problem for homeowners in both St. Louis City and St. Louis County—especially with the recent heavy rains and flooding in Missouri. Basement floods can damage your house, ruin your belongings, and result in dangerous conditions. Flooding may expose your family to electrically-charged water, contaminated water, and hazardous mold growth.

The Solution: A Hard-Working Sump Pump

A hard-working sump pump (like the Zoeller M63) offers the best protection against unwanted water in your basement especially when it’s accompanied by a reliable battery backup system (like the Zoeller Aquanot Active 508). Located in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace, it pumps water away from your house, keeping your basement dry and protecting your home from costly damages and mold. Learn more about sump pumps in St. Louis homes.

Water Damage from Plumbing Failures

Costly water damage can also result from plumbing system failures like burst pipes, broken fixtures, and household leaks. The first step in preventing such plumbing failures is to always hire a certified, professional plumber to do plumbing work on your home. This includes fixture installation, piping installation, toilet maintenance, water heater repair, and more. However, even the best plumber cannot prevent water damage from frozen pipes in the winter or a leaky old toilet on its last leg. Some things are simply out of your (and your plumber’s) control.

The Solution: A Whole-House Water Security System

The best way to prevent water damage from plumbing system failures is with a professionally-installed water security system. Water security systems are a simple and effective solution to water damage. They are designed to monitor and control all water flow inside your home and alert you at the first sign of a leak. If the alert is not addressed immediately, the system will shut off your home’s main water supply to minimize and prevent damage. Learn more about water security systems in St. Louis homes.

The expert plumbers at Tony LaMartina Plumbing Company can help you prevent water damage by installing a sump pump and/or simple water security system in your home. Contact us today for a free estimate! You can reach us at (314) 965-9377 or info@tonylamartinaplumbing.com.