When it comes to water damage, a good defense is better than a good offense. In other words, it’s better to prevent damage from occurring in the first place than respond to a disaster after the fact.
Here are six tips from our restoration experts at Restoration 1 of Mohave County for preventing water damage in your rental properties.
To increase your chances of preventing leaky appliances or burst pipes, hire a plumbing professional to inspect your property. They’ll crawl under your home, investigate every water source, and look for telltale signs of pipe corrosion, damaged fixtures, or other hints that leaks are happening or will happen in the future. Doing this is especially important if you manage a large number of properties. There’s no way you can keep tabs on everything you need; some support for ensuring things are functioning well in your rental properties.
New roofs typically last anywhere between 10-30 years. However, complications can crop up along the way that may shorten your roof’s lifespan or require additional maintenance. To minimize these issues, it’s important that you have your roof regularly inspected for damage. Roof damage can be especially problematic since a leaky roof requires immediate attention and cause significant damage to the home.
Check the FEMA website to see where your properties fall on the flood-risk spectrum. Along with purchasing flood insurance for high-risk properties, you should take other basic flood prevention precautions at these properties as well.
If any of your rental properties flood, you need to establish a good system of communication with your tenants since they will know about the damage before you do. Setting these expectations with them ahead of time will help them know what to do so they can get the help they need sooner and allow you to minimize the overall damage from the flood.
Having a good insurance policy is a must for protecting yourself against unexpected disasters. However, your policy will be less useful if you don’t understand it well. Understanding your policy well will help protect you against any surprises or unexpected outcomes when filing your claim. The last thing you want to do is to be expecting a large insurance settlement only to get far less than you expected.
Rather than scramble to find a good water damage restoration company to work with after a water damage disaster, it is much easier to have a company in mind ahead of time. That way you can make sure you are comfortable working with that company ahead of time as opposed to when you are in a rush and scrambling to respond to a water damage disaster. In Lake Havasu, we hope you look to us at Restoration 1 of Mohave County as your go-to water damage restoration professional team in case you ever deal with water damage in any of your rental properties.