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Warning Signs of a Plumbing Leak

Updated: July 1, 2020 

 

To reduce your chances of major water damage in your home, you must be aware of warning signs of a plumbing leak and fix them quickly to avoid major damage and costly repairs. According to the EPA, household leaks can waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year. After a while, it is easy for homeowners to become used to the sound of rattling pipes, a leaky kitchen faucet, or a slow flushing toilet. Ignoring these signs can lead to an increased water bill and easily avoidable destruction.  

 

Here are a few warning signs of plumbing failure: 

  • An increase in your water bill 

  • A slow, gradual leak coming from a pipe 

  • Pipes rattle and/or make noise 

  • The persistent sound of running water coming from a toilet 

  • Slow drainage in the sink or shower 

  • Low water pressure 

  • Water backs up in the sink when running the dishwasher 

  • Toilets making bubbling sounds  

  

Taking steps to avoid plumbing leaks:

When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, mitigation should always be a priority.   

Preventing a plumbing leak can be quite simple, with these tips:  

  • Do not flush items such as wipes, paper towel, floss, hair, or other items which could provoke clogs. 

  • Unclog drains regularly.  

  • Make sure you do not over-tighten fittings. 

  • Use plumber’s tape to prevent leaks around fittings and joints. 

  • Check for leaks frequently before they escalate and end up costing a lot of money to fix. 

 

If you notice any of these signs, and they are issues you cannot fix yourself, call a plumber right away and take care of any necessary repair. Doing so will avoid a major plumbing bill should something go terribly wrong.  

 

In the event, a water loss occurs, be sure to contact Edison Insurance Company as soon as possible, so we can assist you with your claim. Our dedicated Water Mitigation Hotline, 561-245-3134 or 888-683-7971, will provide you with the information of one of our approved and preferred water mitigation vendors in your area to begin the drying processing. 

How to Spring Clean Fast

Last Updated: March 1, 2020

 

Spring is a season all about change and new beginnings. As such, you should take some time this month to clean your home thoroughly. Maintaining your home prevents damage due to neglect, which isn’t typically covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to take weeks, though. We’ll detail how to spring clean fast with strategies to improve your efficiency.

 

Prepare

If you want to get your spring cleaning done fast, remember the old adage, failing to plan is planning to fail. Make sure you buy and gather all the supplies you’ll need to clean beforehand. Nothing is more time consuming than continuously driving out to buy cleaning supplies you forgot you needed. Also, prepare a schedule complete with all the rooms and areas of your home you plan to clean.

 

De-Clutter

Decluttering your home before you begin cleaning is a great way to save time. You will have more room to clean, and you’ll be able to reach areas previously covered by the clutter. The increased mobility you’ll have throughout the house after decluttering will also let you move and clean faster.

Decluttering is also a good way to childproof your home. If you have small children, now is the time to move toxic medicines and products to an area out of reach. Also, make sure to check for small items on the floor to prevent your child from choking on them.

 

Get the Family Involved

The task of spring cleaning shouldn’t have to all fall on one family member. If you feel you need help, get your family involved. Make it fun by playing music or turning cleaning into a fun game for younger kids.

 

Keep Your Doormats Dirt Free

Giving your doormats a thorough cleaning can keep them absorbing dirt and grime at peak efficiency, keeping your home's floors clean. The less dirt carried into the house, the less time you'll have to spend cleaning your floors.

To really save time, make this a regular part of your cleaning schedule all year round.

 

Clean Room-by-Room

Adopting a room-by-room cleaning strategy is by far the most effective way to deep clean your home. Create room checklists which outline everything needed to clean each room. If your family is helping, give each family member a checklist to complete. And don't forget to create a master room list to keep track of your progress through the house.

Consider conducting a home inspection as you go through the rooms. Check for damage like leaks, cracks, and breaks in the interior and exterior of your home. Keep a record of issues for future insurance claims.

 

Work from Top to Bottom

Before you even touch a mop, think about the best way to approach the room. As a general rule, clean from the top of the room to the bottom. For example, if you sweep before you dust, you'll likely have to come back with the broom for a second sweep once you finish dusting. Cleaning from the top-down helps streamline your efforts and save you time.

 

Form New Cleaning Habits

Take steps now to form new on-going cleaning habits you can do throughout the year to make your annual spring cleaning a little easier. Create simple 15-minute cleaning routines to use regularly. This will keep your home clean and tidy all the way up until your next spring cleaning. 

 

Spring cleaning is an excellent way to prevent the wear and tear insurance may not cover. However, sometimes unexpected damage can occur to your home which may not be avoidable, especially for Florida homeowners.

 

Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922.

 

Fix a Leak Week


March 18-24 is “Fix a Leak Week”. Created by the EPA, Fix a Leak Week serves as a reminder to check for pipe leaks inside and outside of our homes. The EPA estimates household leaks account for nearly one trillion gallons of water lost nationwide each year. The most common types of leaks found in your home include faucets, toilets, and other valves. It is important you know how to check for leaks, so they can be repaired as soon as possible. Doing so will help the environment, avoid a potential water claim, and may save you some money on your water bill.
 
How to check for leaks:

  • The first way to identify a leak is by comparing your water usage. An average family of four can use roughly 400 gallons of water every day. If your usage exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, there is most likely a leak in your home.

 

  • Look for toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after about 10 minutes, there’s a leak. Don’t forget to flush the toilet after your test to avoid staining the tank.

 

  • Worn faucet washers and gaskets are the main cause of leaks in your sinks. Be sure to inspect them to see if they are leaking, or if any water is visible outside the pipe.

 
 
Just a little leak in a pipe can cause thousands in damages to your home. It is important you take steps to mitigate damages.  If you do not feel comfortable checking for leaks yourself, contact a local plumbing company for assistance. Although Fix a Leak Week is from March 18-24, remember to check for leaks inside and outside of your home throughout the year.
 
 
As a Florida homeowner, it is important to protect your property should the unexpected occur. Sufficient insurance coverage to fit the needs of your family is available through Edison Insurance Company. Should you have any questions or concerns about your policy, contact your agent, or call us at 866-568-8922. 

Painting Tips to Freshen up the Look of Your Home



 


After some time, your house can begin to look a little worn or dated. With a few simple steps, your home can look good as new without turning into a costly project. One of the best ways to do so is with a fresh coat of paint to add a pop of color. Here are a few tips to assist you with the painting process.

 
How to pick the right color and finish:
Picking a paint color can be very overwhelming with the hundreds of color options available at your local home improvement store. Consider bringing home a few different options before deciding on a color. Paint large areas of your walls to see which paint color will look best. A helpful tip is to see how your selections look during different times of the day and in different lighting as lights and shadows may change the color throughout the day. Don’t forget about the finish of your paint.  There are many options to choose from when picking the finish of your paint as well. You want to make sure you choose the right finish for the area of your home you are painting.
 

How much paint will you need?
To save some money, try to purchase the correct amount of paint for your area. Measure your walls and bring the measurements to your local home improvement or paint store and have an associate help you select a precise amount. Don’t forget to buy an extra quart of paint for touch-ups, you never know when you may need it.

 
You don’t have to paint an entire space:
If you do not want to paint an entire room, consider adding a simple accent wall for a pop of color. In doing so, you can add some nice dimensions to your room.  You don’t even have to paint a wall to get a fresh look. A simple coat of paint on your baseboards or crown molding can brighten up the look of your home. If you are looking for a simple pop of color, consider painting a cabinet or other piece of furniture a fun color.

 
We hope these tips will help you with your painting project. For more painting tips, click here.
 
Thank you for visiting the Edison Insurance Company Blog. Keeping your family and home safe and protected is our number one priority. Edison Insurance Company has taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about us, or to receive a personalized home insurance quote, visit our website

Tips to Create a Clutter-Free Home


 

As the years go by, our homes accumulate quite a bit of clutter. Finding the time to donate or toss away unwanted items which take up space in your home can be daunting and decluttering your entire home may feel like quite an undertaking. However, it is possible to do without driving yourself crazy.  It is best to take the time to declutter room by room.  Here are some tips to declutter your home room by room:

 
Bedrooms: We tend to let items accumulate in drawers and counters. Begin with your nightstands and recycle or throw out items which are no longer in use such as broken chargers, tissues, books and magazines. Do the same thing to tops of dressers or chests. If any clothing or other items are out of place, put them back in their proper spots in your home.

 
Closets: Start by decluttering your closet by type, such as shoes, shirts, pants, undergarments, etc. Sort by what you will toss, keep, and donate. Whichever items you have decided to keep should be put away neatly and in their designated spot in your closet or dresser.
 

Bathrooms: Soaps, lotions, shampoos, medicines, makeup, and other products can take over bathroom cabinets and countertops. Try to take everything out of your cabinets and drawers and placing them on your countertop. Dispose of all expired medications, makeup, products, etc. Consider purchasing baskets or bins to neatly put back all your items. Don’t forget the shower and tub. Be sure to remove any old products no longer in use.
 

Living room: Keeping your living room neat can be quite a challenge, especially for families on the go. Decide on a storage area for your most used items such as books/magazines, and remote controls. Try to discard or donate items no longer in use such as older electronics and kids or pet toys. You will most likely need to declutter this space regularly.
 

Kitchen: Keeping your kitchen clutter free can be quite a challenge, as it is one of the most frequented and utilized spaces in your home. As such, the kitchen is home to several different items. It is recommended to start in one area or category of your kitchen at a time. For example, start with emptying cabinets to rid it of any unwanted items. Once complete, put all the items back to where they belong. Keeping your countertops clean and tidy by removing or relocating as many items as possible. A quick tip is to only keep the items you use every day on your countertops.
 
 
Remember, decluttering your home is a marathon, not a sprint. By tackling your home clutter room by room, you will see results quickly and efficiently. If you have lots of paper clutter, click here to read our blog on organizing your important paperwork. We hope these steps will help you in making your home the space you’ve wanted it to be.
 

Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

5 Easy Home Improvement Projects



 


Giving your home a little extra TLC can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe, saving a little money, and increasing your home’s value. Check out these simple projects you can do to show your home some love:


Power Wash

Your deck and driveway can become stained by mildew, wet leaves, and automotive leaks. Give those areas a thorough power wash for a renewed look.

 
Get your ducts in a row

If your dryer is not as efficient as it used to me, lint could be the culprit. Lint buildup in your ducts also increases your risk of a fire. Clean your ducts by moving your dryer away from the wall, unplugging the dryer, disconnecting the ductwork and vacuuming out the duct. Should you not feel confident performing this task, call a professional.
 

Switch to a Programmable Thermostat

If your house still has an old dial thermostat, you may want to consider switching to a programmable one. Programmable thermostats allow you to vary the temperature in your home accurately and may save you some money on your energy bill. Click here for installation instructions. 
 

Change your faucets

Is it time to update your old, leaky faucet? Grab a wrench, turn off your water supply, and install a more efficient faucet. By changing your faucet, you may save some money on your water bill.
 

Clean the Carpets

If you have carpeted areas in your home, they can become victim to spills, and accidents. Ideally, you should have your carpet professionally cleaned yearly. However, if you are looking to save some money, rent a home carpet cleaning machine from a participating store and bring your carpets back to life.
 

We hope you take these tips into consideration and show your house a little love.



Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida homeowners insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

 

Annual Check-Up on Your Home


 

The new year often serves as a great reminder for annual check-ups. Like your annual check-up at the doctor’s office, your home and homeowners insurance require an annual check-up too. Consider these tips when conducting an annual check-up of your homeowners insurance:
 
Make, or update your home inventory

Over the holidays, you may have received some new items which should be documented in your home inventory. In the event of a loss, having a home inventory can expedite the claims process. Create a home inventory by listing your belongings and their estimated value. Keep more than one copy of your inventory in a safe and protected location.
 
Conduct a home inspection
 
Keeping your home and family safe and healthy starts with maintenance and preventative measures. Conduct a home inspection by checking for damage such as cracks, leaks, and breaks in the interior and exterior of your home. Should areas of your home be in need of repair, fix them as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
 
 
Review your homeowners insurance coverage
 
Many things can change over the course of a year, which may have an impact on your home insurance needs.  Read through your policy to better understand the coverages you have purchased, and contact your agent if you have any concerns, or need to make changes. Remember, Edison Insurance Company has several coverage options which can be tailored to suit your needs. Should the unexpected occur, you will have peace of mind knowing your home is covered.
 
 
We hope you take these tips into consideration to have a happy, safe, and worry-free 2018. 
 
 
Thank you for visiting the Edison Insurance Company Blog. Keeping your family and home safe and protected is our number one priority. Edison Insurance Company has taken a bright and innovative approach to Florida homeowners insurance with coverage options allowing you to customize a policy to best fit your needs. To learn more about us, or to receive a personalized home insurance quote, visit our website

Cool Ways to Save Energy at Home


 

Looking for ways to cut down on your electric bill? Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much electricity we are using in our homes. Following these simple energy saving tips is a sure-fire way to ensure you see a difference in the bill next month:
 

  • Replace your most-used light fixtures with energy saving bulbs.

 

  • Use timers to ensure lights are turned off during the day.

 

  • Use light colored lamp shades to reflect more light, reducing the need to turn on more lights.

 

  • Use motion detector lights for outdoor lighting to save energy.

 

  • Plug electronics into a power strip and turn the strip off when not in use.

 

  • Use a laptop instead of a computer; they use less energy than desktops.

 

  • Unplug battery chargers when fully charged. Most of them continue to draw power even when the device is unplugged.

 

  • Close the shades on the side of the house which gets the most sunlight. The more sunlight enters your home, the longer the A/C will run.

 

  • Wash and dry several large loads of laundry at once, so your dryer doesn’t have to re heat all over again for the next use.

 

  • Keep your freezer full. It uses less energy than an empty one.

 

  • Repair refrigerator door seals if you feel cold air around the closed door or you see moisture collecting.

 
Once you get the hang of it, you’ll come to realize how easy it is to cut electric costs. It may even inspire you to do more. It’s all about breaking bad habits and instilling better ones.


Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information, or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.

New Season, Fresh Start: Quick Spring Cleaning Tips


 

Spring is finally here, which means freshly blooming flowers, happily chirping birds, and a hint of warmth in the air. Spring signifies rebirth, new growth, and vitality. Here are some steps to a successful Spring cleaning.
 

  •  Use the appropriate cleaning supplies: If your kitchen has stainless steel appliances or you have granite countertops, be sure to use a cleaning substance which is made for the specific material, giving it a better clean.

 

  • De-Clutter: Now is the time to go through your cupboard, pantry and refrigerator to clear out expired or unhealthy items. It is easy for old or expired items to go unnoticed, so take the time to sort through everything and re-organize. Getting rid of unhealthy items signifies the start of a healthier lifestyle.

 

  • Tackle the refrigerator: This means the inside and the outside. The best thing to do is remove all of the items from your refrigerator, along with the drawers and shelves and clean everything individually. Before putting the items back in, clean the surfaces which cannot be removed with a sponge.

 

  • Change your normal routine: A new season calls for a fresh start. Try something new, such as weekly family activities, diet, exercise, etc.

 

  • Clean the windows: Windows are one of the many things in your home which go unnoticed year-round. Cleaning each window in the house, inside and out, may seem time consuming, but doing so will make your home sparkle. Tip: Wash your windows on a cloudy day, to prevent the sun from drying the cleanser before you finish wiping, which avoids streaking.

 

  • Rip out weeds and plant new seeds: Since you are cleaning the inside of your home, you might as well clean the outside as well. Make an effort to remove the weeds growing in your garden and replace them with seeds which will let your garden flourish.

 

  •  Deep clean your oven and dishwasher: If you noticed a burning smell when you turn on your oven, it is because something actually is burning. After cooking many meals, there may actually be food stuck to the inside if your oven which is burning every time you turn it on. With a sprinkle of baking soda and white vinegar, it should be easy to scrub off the mess. As for your dishwasher, after you’ve cleared any food pieces from the bottom, run an empty cycle with safe dishwasher cleanser.

 

  • Have your carpets steam-cleaned: The choice to bring in a professional or handle the task yourself is ultimately yours, but it is best to deep clean your carpets 3-4 times a year. Even though your carpet may appear to be clean, they are proven to hold a lot of bacteria and dirt, especially from shoes.  

 
 
When the time comes to deep clean your home, be sure to do a complete walk-around in your home and focus on areas you usually wouldn’t. Have your family members help out and assign each person a different task so you can get the job done quicker. This is the key to a successful Spring cleaning. Wishing you a great season of new beginnings.

Thank you for visiting our blog. Hopefully, you came away with some great home insurance and safety tips. Edison Insurance Company’s mission is to provide quality coverage at competitive rates while providing exceptional service.  For more information on Florida home insurance or to get a quote, please call (866) 568-8922.