Know where the stop tap is.
Ensure that not only you know where it is, but that your family members know too. A severe leak or rupture can take only minutes to cause severe damage. Knowing where and how to shut off the water supply is crucial.
Proactively check for leaks.
Minor leaks can pass undetected with relative ease yet do significant damage if left over time. Check underneath sinks and around appliances like dishwashers and washing machines for signs of stray water.
Exposed pipes should be properly insulated.
Snap-on pipe insulation is cheap and effective, also working outdoors.
Install a water leak detection device.
Relatively inexpensive, detection devices shut off the water supply in the event of a leak, which is essential if you leave your property vacant for extended periods.
Look for areas of moisture or mould.
Flaking paint or wallpaper can be a sign of damp, as can black, speckled marks on skirting and sills. If your walls feel cold to the touch, or you notice a musty smell, then consider adding additional insulation. Also, check windows and skylights for condensation in the mornings. Its presence can indicate higher than average moisture levels in your home.
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