There’s not a lot you can do to prevent water damage from an act of nature. Water damage from severe storms that cause over-the-ground flooding happens. But not as often as you might think. Although flooding is a common cause, most water damage to properties is caused when indoor plumbing fails. With this in mind, the key to prevention is regular maintenance, meaning you should inspect your home or business for the following: Make sure all your appliances (e.g., dishwasher, clothes washer, and water heater) are in good working order. Check all water connections and hoses. Remember to do this even if you have metal braided supply hoses. Check under your kitchen and bathroom sink for signs of corrosion and make sure connections are tight. Check the toilets in each bathroom for any signs of leaking. Proper maintenance and care of your appliances can help ensure they don’t cause a water issue. If you have a septic tank, monthly inspections can allow you to notice if anything looks amiss. You can also teach everyone who lives or works in at the property where the water supply cutoff valve is so they can turn it off in the event of an emergency. Keep an eye on your water bill; a sudden increase one month may indicate a leaky pipe or other problem. Also, if you notice any foul odors or black spots (mold) on the walls, contact a water damage restoration company like Premier Restoration Inc immediately.