Consider these suggestions to prevent water damage:
- Install a floor drain for the laundry room and include a separate drain for the clothes washer. Should a problem occur, these drains would help to prevent damage to the rest of the house.
- Because they are designed to pump very large volumes of water out in a hurry, new appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers can quickly overload the drainage system in an older home. Therefore, have the drainage checked to confirm that it can handle the additional load.
- Make sure contractors pay attention to clearances in case you need to remove water heaters and similar appliances in the future. In addition, allow adequate room inside walls so that plumbing repairs will be less difficult. Also, locate water lines in easily accessible areas that extend over the shortest possible distances throughout the home.
- Consider purchasing your dealer's extended warranty. Periodic checks of an appliance and routine maintenance can help prevent a malfunction that could potentially cause major damage to your home.
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