Town & Country Mutual Insurance Company - Water Loss Prevention

Water Loss Prevention

Water Loss Prevention Checklist

Outdoors
  • Clear gutters of leaves and debris at least once a year (late fall)
  • Make sure your asphalt roof shingles are not worn or curling
  • Drain the pipe when you pack your garden hose away for the winter
  • Seal any cracks and holes in exterior walls, joint and foundations

Indoors

  • On appliances or plumbing fixtures, replace plastic or rubber water lines with flexible steel braided hoses
  • If you away for more that 4 consecutive days, during the heating season, have someone check the heating system daily, or shut off the water and drain the pipes before you leave.
  • Regularly clean off and dry all surfaces where moisture frequently collects
  • Properly insulate and ventilate your attic
  • Regularly check your hot water tank for leaks
  • Consider connecting your plumbing and heating system to a 24 hour alarm service

In The Basement

  • Do not cover your floor drains
  • Store items in plastic storage containers on raised shelving
  • Check your basement for leaks after a heavy rainfall

Get Professional Help To

  • Install a sewer backup prevention valve on your homes main line
  • Create a sump pit and install a sump pump with reliable back-up power
  • Ensure waste water pipes are not blocked by tree roots
  • Disconnect downspouts draining directly into the sewer system and redirect them at least 6 feet away from your home’s foundation
  • Ensure that your lot is graded to aid drainage away from your home
  • If you have a septic system, have it serviced regularly