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Take the necessary steps for water leak prevention

EUREKA - After a water leak at his Eureka home over the weekend, a resident is helping identify problem areas that could cause severe water damage and showing how to prevent them. 

One of the most common types of insurance claims is plumbing leaks. Often because residents don't know there's a problem until it happens and then they’re not sure what to do.

"Be able to know where to turn the water off at your home. You should be able to turn it off at your street or at your home too. Know where those turn off valves are. Those are real critical and make sure that they do work. Sometimes if they haven't been used in a long time, they can be frozen," said Eureka resident Paul Nicholson.

Nicholson says, from his experience, the way to go is prevention. The first thing to do is check all water lines, including the ones to your hot water tank.  If they have the older style corrugated copper lines, you may want to switch to new stainless steel braided lines. These are better quality and can withstand several issues since they are flexible unlike the copper lines. Nicholson says, these simple changes can save you hundreds of dollars.

"You can replace a lot of the parts and the connections for less than the cost of your deductible anyway. That way you don't have to deal with the inconvenience of dealing with a claim and being put out of your home and everything else that goes along with it,” said Nicholson.