Protect your home from water damage

Damage resulting from water is a hot topic with owners and insurance companies. In response to conversations with insurance brokers, owners and tenants about water damage, we have created some property management tips to help you protect yourself and your property.

 

Using Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.’s experience dealing with a variety

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of different issues, we are proud to share our experience. 

 

Summarized as 3 simple tips, find out what you can do to prevent a water leak and how to respond in the event you experience a water loss:

 

TIP #1: Before you move in:

Review the condominium bylaws and your mortgage to make sure you understand what you are required to insure. You can take the bylaws to your insurance broker who understands your account to discuss your insurance needs. The following are some questions to review with your broker:

TIP #2: Now that you’re home, remember:

Keep your emergency contact information handy and know where the water shut off valves are.

In the event of a leak, know who to call and when. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. can be reached at its 24-hour emergency line: 403-237-8600. For useful emergency contacts visit our recent blog: “What is an Emergency”

Typically, the water shut off valves for your home will be:

FYI – Shut off valves for washing machines and dishwashers are typically located behind the machine on the pipes. Carefully turn the tap clockwise to shut off the water supply. Do not force the valve because you don’t want to break it.

TIP #3: Prevent water damage

There are some simple things you can do to avoid unnecessary water leaks.

Even when all the precautions have been taken, a leak can happen. In the event of a leak, a quick response is essential. This is why it is so important to know where your water shut off valves are and who to contact, especially at 2 am!

Prevention is key but If you experience a leak, the following action can help minimize losses:

  1. Turn off the water
  2. Turn off all electrical appliances in the area
  3. Grab a bucket and place it under the leak to catch the water, if possible
  4. If you live in an apartment style building and experiencing an extensive leak, check with your neighbours to make sure they aren’t flooding.  Vis-versa, if you are experiencing flooding and don’t know where the water is coming from, check with your neighbours to see if they are the source.
  5. Call Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. at 403-237-8600 and report the leak

These maintenance tips are an important step towards mitigating the risk of water damage and keeping any damage that does occur to a minimum.  Dealing with any type of leak and potential insurance claims doesn’t have to be frustrating.  By implementing these types you are arming yourself with the knowledge of what you can do to prevent an emergency situation

With over 40 years of property management experience, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is trusted to respond with experience and responsive systems to assist property owners and condominium boards with these types of stressful situations.  We value the opportunity to provide condominium management in Calgary & Area and available to discuss our services.  Contact us to find out more! 


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