September 28, 2016
Valuable Lessons in Preventing Water Damage

After two-and-a-half hours, 416 gallons of water, and several million paper towels, we finally wrapped our flood test. So, slip on your galoshes my studies, and let’s take a closer look.

Check out this video to see how we flooded the house and the kind of damage it caused. I’ll give you a hint; it’s bad. I’ve always wanted to walk on water, my studies, but this isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Cleaning up the damage 

After turning off the water we let it sit for an hour before cleaning up. Watch this video to see how we tackled the cleanup.

Examining the damage gave us a better idea of what water does behind the walls and it teaches adjusters what to look for and what labor and building materials are likely to be needed when there is a claim.

Small devices can prevent big problems

You know the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? Well, whoever said that was definitely a homeowner. But even with a metric ton of prevention and all the good karma in the world, disaster can still strike.

Luckily, technology like water sensors can keep a small problem from becoming a huge mess. Water sensors, like those in this video, can send you a text message as soon as water touches them. They come in handy for areas where a leak can start, like next to your water heater, sump pump, dishwasher, loo, or zen room.

As soon as you get that alert, you can fix the problem before it has a chance to do a lot of damage.

Automatic shut off valves

Getting a text message about a water emergency is one thing, but what if you’re at the yoga studio or on a spiritual journey 800 miles away? With this cool gadget, you can shut off your main water valve from anywhere with your mobile device.

You can also set it to turn off the main water valve once water has been running for a certain period of time. So, if a pipe breaks or your water heater ruptures the device automatically shuts off the main water valve so you won’t come home to an indoor swimming pool where your kitchen used to be.

Our water valve automatically turns off after running for 20 minutes, which means I’ve had to learn to take shorter showers.

Speaking of showers, it’s time I left you my studies, but I’ll be back to pass on the infinite knowledge I’ve learned. Until then, stay smart, sustainable, and secure … and dry!