How to Reduce Water Damage on Condos

July 13, 2018


Condominiums are prone to damages resulting from burst pipes, HVAC malfunctions, and appliance leaks. Of all these, water is the leading cause of condo damage and carries more than 70% of condo damage claims.

Although some conditions such as water backups from a building’s rooftop pool and toilet overflow from leaks by units above the ceiling are uncontrollable, a condo owner can do much to reduce the chances of condo water damage.

Below are common condominium damage causes and how they can be managed.

Appliance Malfunction

In case a water filtration system underneath the sink fails overnight, water could end up flooding in the kitchen and rooms that surround it until someone notices. This can greatly and adversely impact on kitchen cabinets, marble floor tiling, drywall, and wall panels.

Fixtures feeding into a waterline and home appliances that have pipes such as HVAC systems, toiles, icemakers, refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers have the capacity to malfunction. They bring along blockages and spring leaks that could result in huge water damages.

To mitigate such risks, you can install devices with an ability to note water leaks in your condo. Such devices come with a sounding alarm and are Wi-Fi connected to inform you of such cases even when you are far.

Another solution to this is installing an HVAC float switch or safety switch on a water pan below your unit. This will instantly make the system stop operating as soon as an overflow is detected.

Use braided metal supply lines and equip all your appliances with braided metal horses as they tend to be resistant to leaks than rubber horses.

Finally, you can have a drainpipe installed beneath the washing machine to cater for hose failure and the machine’s overflow leaks.

Frozen and Burst Pipes

On low temperatures, there exists a huge risk for frozen and burst pipes when no one is home, the condo becomes more vulnerable to water damages resulting from this.

To get rid of this risk, heat up your place to at least 65° anytime you are far from your condo.

Wind-Driven Rain

Penthouse condos and taller buildings are prone to damages resulting from wind-driven rain.

To prevent this risk, make sure that all the windows in your homes are sealed properly. Window cracks and dampness on window edges could be signs of the window seals deteriorating.

Balcony Drain Lines

A clogged drain line on your building’s exterior might be preventing water from draining properly. Water could as a result cause much loses including damaging your wood floor.

Based on the property you are in, know whose responsibility it is to clean outside gutters or drain lines. Make sure that all drain lines are cleaned at least two times in a year to minimize chances of water backup.

With the massive losses that condo damages can cause, do all you can to avoid such inconveniences. Getting a condo insurance is also a wise move to minimize your burden upon condo damages.

Other than water, condominiums are prone to vandalism. Actually, burglary and mysterious disappearances are the second most common cause of losses to condominium owners. To prevent this, you can install central station burglar alarm systems.

Come up with an emergency plan for your unit in case an issue arises. If you have neighbors, discuss loss-prevention strategies. Familiarize yourself with the property owner’s requirements, and how condo insurance works.


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