Fit water alarms. They work like smoke detectors but warn of leaks from toilets, water heaters, overflowing baths, and sinks. Simply place near any water source and a high pitched alarm alerts you to water leaks. From as little as $15 a unit. One of the wisest moves a homeowner can make is to safeguard their home against preventable incidents that cause extensive – and expensive damage.
It is always better to err on the safe side, and a few simple precautions around the home can save headaches, heartaches, and costly repairs. Here are some easy fixes you can do to minimize the occurrence and water damage.

Install stainless-steel braided hoses where possible, they are only about $20 and less likely to deteriorate than plastic hoses. Dishwasher and washing machine hoses should be inspected and replaced every 3-5 years.

Use a rain barrel. It keeps rainwater out of overloaded storm sewer infrastructures and provides you with water for your garden. Check if your municipality has a program that offers subsidies for a rain barrel purchase.

Bathroom caulking prevents leaks around fixtures and must be checked regularly. Caulking costs less than $5 and is an easy D-I-Y project that can prevent costly repairs to surrounding walls and cabinets.

Connect an eavestrough downspout extension. Extend it at least 6 feet from foundation walls to prevent water from draining into your basement, and direct it towards the street. Downspout extensions cost around $15.

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Patricia LivingstoneKelowna Real Estate May 2012 Newsletter
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