Water can do a lot of damage to a home. A mini prepper should be wise
enough to make sure water is not leaking around the areas in the home where
water comes into the house. Keep your roof in good condition, caulk around
bathtubs, lay down bathmats, and check under sinks. Damage that is done by
leaking over a long period of time is not covered by insurance.
My husband and I were sitting in our living room one evening when a pipe burst
under our kitchen cabinet and started flooding our home. We quickly turned
off the water under the sink. Be sure that all family members know how to
If we had not been home, the house would have flooded with water. If we
had been out-of-town for a week, we would have come home to one or two feet of
water in the house. The pressure of the water forces it through doors and
other small openings. It goes everywhere.
Always turn the water off to your home at the street before you leave on a
A mini prepper should have a wrench handy, and all family members should
practice and know how to turn the water off to the house in case of a water
All pipes get old and can break. Insurance does not cover the pipes in
your home. It only covers the resulting sudden and accidental damage.
It is your responsibility to maintain your pipes. You also need to change
the water hose to your washing machine so that it doesn't get brittle and break
about every five years.
Always contact your insurance company immediately when you have water in your
home. Water mitigation companies have machines that can quickly remove the
water. If they get to it quick enough most of your household items can be
saved, and water mitigation services are usually covered by your homeowner
policy, subject to the deductible of your policy.
If you need to leave your home during the cleanup, a mini prepper is ahead of
the game with a bug out bag.
One other note about water and broken pipes. The pipes that run between
your home and the street are underground. However, they are still your
responsibility. If one of them breaks, you may end up with a huge water
bill. Keep an eye on your water meter.