Everyone loves getting together with friends and family for the holidays. This can mean hosting large events in your home, as well as extended get-togethers. Due to the extra people in your home, you have the potential for water damage unless you are careful. Don’t let your holidays become a mess. Instead, follow these tips for avoiding water damage caused by guests.
- Check your home for issues before guests arrive with enough time to fix if needed
- Locate your water shut-off valve, usually in the front yard and on the same side as your water meter
- Save our number so you can remember if you need it in an emergency.
AppliancesA big meal is over and your guests want to help you with the dishes. Or, perhaps you have long-term guests who need to do a load of laundry. Although no house guest means to cause a flood, not knowing how your appliances work can cause problems. Remember, not every appliance works the same. That’s why you should take time to explain to guests how your appliances work. This can keep the confusion, errors, and watery mess to a minimum. Be sure to let them know of any idiosyncrasies as well. If your dishwasher is finicky about the kind of soap or your washing machine leaks when on an extra-large load, make sure your guests know. Appliances that can cause flooding include:
- Washing machine
- Ice maker
- Garbage disposal
BathroomsThe plumbing in your house is rated for a certain occupancy, usually based on the number of bedrooms your home has. However, with guests staying for an extended time, your plumbing will handle far more showers, toilets flushing, dishes washed, and laundry. This can easily lead to problems with drains and toilets. If your drains or toilets overflow, not only can this be messy and unsanitary, but it can also cause water damage. Let guests know to tell you if there has been a problem so you can do what needs to be done. Otherwise, your holidays may end with a call to us for water restoration services.
Accidents HappenIn many cases, water damage occurs due to accidents. The more people you have in the home, the more likely an accident will occur. Talk with your guests about looking out for the following:
- Bathtub overflowing
- Forgetting to turn off water in sink
- Washing machine overflow