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Angie's List: Preparing for Water Damage

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La Crescent, MN (WXOW) -

Most people prepare for the possibility of a house fire with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.  But what are you doing to minimize water damage - five times more likely to happen?

Water damage is the second most common reason for homeowners to file an insurance claim.  That costs insurance companies $3.5 billion every year.  Broken pipes and overflowing tubs and toilets are the primary culprits.  Reacting quickly is the key to clean up.  

Angie Hicks says, "You want to take action right away, so as soon as you realize it, start removing any items that can be removed and get fans blowing in the area so you can start to dry it out."

Angie says if you have carpeting that becomes saturated, you should plan to toss it and buy new.  Also, if you're storing items in the basement, use plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes or paper bags.  If you don't have a sump pump, get one and check it regularly to make sure it's working properly. 

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