AVOIDING FLOODS IN YOUR HOME A BROKEN TOILET OR INTERIOR WATER LINE CAN REALLY RUIN YOUR DAY. A BROKEN TOILET OR INTERIOR WATER LINE CAN REALLY RUIN YOUR DAY. IT DOES NOT TAKE LONG FOR A BROKEN LINE TO FLOOD YOUR HOME AND CREATE A GIANT MESS THAT USUALLY NEEDS CLEAN UP, AND MOLD ELIMINATION AS WELL AS THE INCONVENIENCE OF HAVING TO REBUILD/REMODEL THE AFFECTED AREAS. LET’S NOT EVEN MENTION THE INCREASED HOMEOWNER INSURANCE PREMIUMS WHICH ARE BOUND TO RISE AFTER THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS THE BILLS.
HERE ARE SOME EFFECTIVE WAYS TO AVOID THE MESS……
1. Turn off your water supply valve to the home. This is especially important when you are leaving town for more than a day. Make sure your valve shuts off 100% of the water flow. Test this by opening your kitchen faucet and leaving it open while closing the supply valve. The water in the kitchen must completely stop flowing to be sure your valve is operating properly. For those of you who have the old gate valves (those you turn like a wheel), many of these do not function properly and will still allow water through the system. Replace with a ball valve.
2. There are devices you can install on your water supply valve that will automatically close the valve when excess water is moving through the line. These devices can even be connected to your smart phone to alert you while you are away from the home and allows you to close the water supply valve with your phone no matter where you are. These systems can cost $500 to $700 for peace of mind.