A weekend trip can be just the thing to recharge the batteries and get you ready to cope with the week ahead. However, the last thing you want to have to cope with when you get home is either water damage or a break-in. With just a few quick tips, not only can you keep your home safer when you're on vacation, but safer all the time as well.
Preventing Water Damage
- Have a friend, family member or neighbor get your mail and pick up any newspapers thrown in your yard. These are clear signs you're not home.
- Get a timer for lights and electronics. Having these come on during times when you're usually home gives the appearance the house is occupied.
- Have someone check on your home every day you're gone. This not only shows activity at the home but also allows them to alert you if something does happen.
- Make sure the water in all sinks, showers and bathtubs is turned off.
- Check around your hot water heater for leakage. A leak that isn't attended can expand, not only running up your gas or electric bill and your water bill but the resulting water damage can be extensive.
- Turn off the water to your washing machine. A broken hose can allow a tremendous amount of water to leak out, ruining floors and possibly creating structural damage. Changing the hoses on your washer from the standard rubber hoses to braided stainless steel hoses reduces the chances of leakages dramatically.
There are times when things happen, regardless of the preventative measures we take. That's where working with a great insurance company like Haylow Insurance
in the Cedar Hill, Texas area to make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date is essential. Not only does that give you the fiscal protection you need if something does happen, it also gives you the comfort and assurance that even if something does happen, it'll be taken care of. If you're going for a weekend vacation, give them a call and check up on your homeowners policy before you go.