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Archive: March 2019

Spring Break-In Prevention Tips



 


March is the peak month for spring break vacations. Whether you are gone for a night, or an entire week, your empty home is a gold mine for potential thieves. Taking a few extra steps to keep your home safe can make all the difference. Don’t take chances on a potential break in this spring break by following these simple prevention tips.

 
Lock your doors and set your alarm: Sometimes the stress of getting the family packed and ready to leave on time can cause you to forget the basics before you go. Take a few minutes to check outside doors and windows to make sure they are locked, and then set your alarm.
 
Bring in your spare key: Many homes have a hidden key located somewhere on their property and some criminals are smart enough to go looking for your hidden key while you are away. Be sure to place hidden keys in a safe place before you leave.
 
Simulate occupancy: Keep some lights on in normally populated areas of your home using a timer. Keeping your lights off night-after-night while you are will alert a potential thief will know you aren’t home.
 
Have a trusty neighbor or friend: Ask your neighbor or a friend you trust to check in on your house and collect your mail while you are out of town.
 
Wait to share: One of the easiest ways criminals know you are out of town is when you post your vacation photos, or “check-in” at the awesome places you are visiting on social media. It is highly recommended to wait until you are back at home to share all your vacation fun with your friends and family on social media.
 
We hope you can pack your peace-of-mind with a few of these helpful tips before you embark on your well-deserved spring break vacation. We hope you enjoy your time away, and in case the unfortunate occurs, you can be sure Edison Insurance Company will be ready to assist you.
 
 
Allow Edison Insurance Company to shine our light on you and your family by insuring your home, condominium, and precious belongings. Should the unexpected occur, you will be our focus while we restore your home. To learn more about Edison Insurance Company, please give us a call for a home insurance quote at 866-568-8922 or visit our website

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.