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WATER DAMAGE CHECKLIST

Posted on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

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Answer the following questions to help determine areas where water can get inside.

When water finds its way inside your home or busines during a hurricane, it can soak attic insulation and drywall, and cause extensive damage to other parts of the structure. This can lead to costly repairs, keep you out of your house for an extended period of time or delay the re-opening of your business following a disaster. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) developed the following checklist to help identify areas that are the most common sources of water intrusion. With proper evaluation and maintenance, you can reduce your risk of damage. 

  1. Are there gaps around water faucet pipes where they enter the walls of the house? Find a solution.

  2. Are there gaps around gas pipes where they enter the house? Find a solution.

  3. Are there gaps around air conditioning pipes (white and foam covered) where they enter the house? Find a solution.

  4. Are there any gaps around electrical outlet boxes, junction boxes, circuit breaker boxes, disconnect switches, electric meters, etc.? Find a solution.

  5. Are there gaps between light fixtures and the face of the house? Find a solution.

  6. Are there gaps around dryer vents, gas water heater vents, range hood vents and the house? Find a solution.

  7. Are there cracks or voids in the mortar under the window sills? Find a solution.

  8. Is the finished floor of the house high (at least 6 inches) above soil and mulch?Find a solution.

  9. Are there parts of the house where water has gotten inside after heavy rains or where there has been standing water next to the house? Find a solution.

  10. Are there penetrations of the house within 6 inches of the ground? Find a solution.

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