Water When You Leave Town
Less than $10. That is what the cost is of a 3/8” compression 20-inch braided steel faucet supply line at Lowe’s. Such a small price to pay for a part that was ultimately responsible for thousands of dollars of damage when it burst.
SERVPRO of Santa Barbara recently was called to a very nice home in the Hope Ranch section of town where the owners were away for the weekend and when they returned, their supply line had failed and there was water in their kitchen, living room, and dining room. The experts recommend that you periodically check all of your supply lines to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear but realistically, who has the time or enthusiasm to do that? I guess if you suffer a big water damage then you would be more motivated in the future to be aware of all of your fittings and hoses. Until then, it is good to know the number of you local SERVPRO. Our number is 805-963-0606.
If you are going to be away from home for any length of time, here are a few tips to ensure that you do not come back to a house filled with water.
- Turn off the main water valve coming to your house
- If you are really concerned, you can shut off valves to toilets, dishwashers, washing machines or any other appliance
- Obviously, take the time to inspect your supply lines
- Check your gutters to make sure there are no blockages
- Install automatic shut-offs that detect leaks and shut off your devices when moisture is sensed