Five easy ways to avoid water damage

Water Heaters
Replaceold water heaters: Water heaters do damage when they get too old and the tankrusts and bursts, allowing water to pour into adjacent rooms. On average, waterheaters last 10 to 12 years. Don't wait for them to fail; replace your tankonce a decade. Today's energy-efficient systems will also be cheaper tooperate.
Switch to stainless steel hoses
Switch to stainless steelhoses: Consider replacing standard rubber or plastic hoses with stainlesssteel- braided or mesh hoses. Worn out hoses with kinks, cracks or bulges needto be replaced immediately.
Don't leave dishwashers and washers running if you leave thehouse
Ifsomething breaks while a home owner is away, what could have been a smallmop-up job often turns into a thousand-gallon mess best left to professionals.
Check the attic air conditioners and swamp coolers
Checkattic air conditioners and swamp coolers: When attic systems fail, waterdamages everything that lies below. At least once a year, go up to the attic orroof to check these appliances before they wear out. Look for wear and tear andloose connections -- particularly if the unit is mounted on the roof andexposed to sun and rain. exposed to sun and rain.
Consider water alarms
Considerwater alarms: Home owners can install water alarms for a quick alert when anappliance isn't working right. Hooking up the system to an appliance is usuallyas simple as hooking up a hose to an outdoor faucet.

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Lonnie Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Southeast Sound
Phone: 206-406-2710

Lonnie Snyder is a fulltime real estate agent and REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty specializing inResidential Real Estate for buyers and sellers in Washington's Kent, Renton,Newcastle and South Bellevue.

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