Avoid Water Damage in Your Home: Options for Condos and Co-ops

Learn more about leak-detecting devices to lessen the chances of costly and frustrating residential water damage. Condominiums and cooperatives are often more vulnerable to plumbing leaks than houses. This video illustrates ways to maximize protection in these properties.
– [Anne] Hi, I’m Anne Martin,
the water damage mitigation expert
with AIG Private Client Group.
We’re always researching and
testing smart home technologies
to help prevent water damage.
In our experience,
the most effective solutions
are fully automated
and monitor the entire home
through the main water supply.
But that may not be possible
when you live in a condo or co-op.
And unfortunately,
these types of residences
are more prone to problems.
In those circumstances,
we recommend two other options
that can be used together.
First, you can install
appliance shutoff systems
which turn off the water
to a specific appliance,
like a dishwasher, when
a leak is detected.
Next, you can also place
leak-detecting sensors
near sinks, toilets and
other sources of water
inside the residence.
They won’t shut the water,
but they can alert you
or your alarm company
if they get wet.
We recommend using a water
sensor in every location
where a leak could possibly start.
But remember, quality matters.
At AIG, we connect our
customers to experts
who can help them select
the most effective approach
for their property.
It doesn’t take long for water
damage to get out of hand.
If you’re not there to
stop a leak right away,
you may be responsible for
damage to neighbors’ homes
as well as your own.
But with a little up-front preparation,
you can keep your home
dry and keep the peace.
For more information,
please contact your
independent insurance advisor.