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Homeowners: Don’t let your wealth drip away

From the left: Pictured is a hot water shut-off gate valve with attached hose, washer drain pipe and cold water shut-off with attached hose. Braided steel washer hoses may be “burst proof” or “burst resistant,” but they fail nonetheless. Drain hoses simply placed inside an opening but not well secured can also fall or be blown out of the drain when the washing machine pump activates.

Credit: Darrell Hay

While most homeowners have smoke detectors to alert them to fires, and many have alarm systems to help deter theft, relatively few take steps to prevent catastrophic water damage. Attention to risks and regular maintenance could save you from losses that insurance doesn't usually cover.

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