Leaving town?  Always remember to turn off your water!  After that, we strongly recommend that you “drain the systems” before leaving:  run the faucets and flush the toilets to drain the remaining water from your lines.  In addition, you should consider draining the hot water heater, especially if it’s located inside of your home, along with other household appliances.

For coverage to apply, many home insurance policies in Florida require that policy holders take “reasonable care” to shut off the water supply and drain systems and appliances of water when the home will not be occupied for 30 days or longer.  Not doing so could result in the denial of a water damage claim by the insurance company.  Beyond this, water damage can result in the loss of valuables and disrupt your life.  By taking these proactive measures, you may avoid what could be a devastating claim!