Protecting your home from water damage.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage is the most common preventable cause of loss facing homeowners today. A variety of factors can cause water damage, including but not limited to pipe bursts, appliance failures, and roof leaks. What’s more, water intrusion can quickly become a mold issue if it is not dealt with quickly and efficiently.
What many homeowners forget is that home appliances and roofing materials do not last forever. Proper home inspection and regular maintenance are critical to preventing significant water losses and keeping the property and contents in good working order. You can help by:
- Regularly inspecting the appliances drain pipes, and hoses
- Checking the areas around the appliance for leaks
- Contacting a licensed plumber right away to fix the source of leaks
- Considering engaging them to perform an annual whole house leak inspection
The average lifespan of common household appliances and mechanical units are as follows:
- A/C heat pump: 10 years
- Dishwasher: 9 years
- Furnace/boiler: 15 years
- Garbage disposal: 10 years
- Refrigerator: 13 years
- Washing machine: 10 years
- Washing machine hose: 3 years
- Water softener: 15 years
Additionally, it is not just appliances that can cause water damage in your home. It is recommended that homeowners regularly evaluate and check their roof, looking for any signs of wear and damage. A licensed professional can help you limit your roof’s exposure to potential water damage.
It’s important to note that the average lifespan of various roofing materials are as follows:
- Asphalt composition: 20 years
- Cedar 15 years
- Concrete tile: 100 years
- Copper: 70 years
- Metal: 40 years
- Slate: 75 years
If your home’s roof is nearing the average lifespan, it may be time to give it a thorough inspection.
Ensure that you keep your home and appliances protected. Looking out for you as a team, contact Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks, California, they will assist with a policy review and provide recommendations.