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How to Help Prevent Water Damage

by Frank L. Pento 01/26/2020


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Some leaks are obvious -- coming home to a soggy rug or soaked floor is a pretty good indicator that you have some plumbing trouble -- but others are more discreet and can lead to a costly water bill and home damage if you don't catch them. Mold and mildew can develop in days, so a slow or hidden leak can also lead to a health hazard. Use these tips to track down those less than obvious leaks and prevent damage to your home: 

  • Listen: If your toilets are constantly running, then you are using up water you are not getting any benefit from. Turn off all electronics and bathroom fan and listen -- you should not hear any running water. If you do, you should investigate further and repair the problem. Use the same technique to catch drips and leaks in other areas -- if you can see or hear a drip, it is wasting water and costing you money. 
  • Look at your bill: While your water bill likely varies every month, a sudden spike of 10% or more should be investigated, particularly if you know you haven't done anything different. If you repeatedly filled a kiddie pool or know you forgot and left the sprinklers on, then the higher than normal bill has a reasonable explanation, but if you didn't do anything out of the ordinary, you have a leak somewhere that needs to be tracked down. 
  • Take a walk: Walk around the yard around your sprinkler system -- if the ground is soggy and it has not rained (and you haven't been excessively watering) then you could have a bad sprinkler head. You should also check outside faucets and hoses for leaks for the same reason. 
  • Investigate odors: If your home suddenly smells moist and mildewy, you may have a leak somewhere. Check in all cabinets that house sinks and pipes, behind and around toilets and fixtures and around your washing machine and hot water heater. There should be no visible water, no mold and no moisture. If you spot any of these, you need to take further action. 
  • Head to the attic or basement: Both of these areas could house pipes or equipment you never see or think about, until they cause a problem. Make it a point to visually inspect these areas as part of a home maintenance routine. Ideally, schedule this when you test your fire alarms and swap out HVAC filters -- checking these areas takes just a minute, but can save you thousands in repair work if you spot a problem early. 

Make a quick visual inspection of your water heater, sprinkler system and under sink areas a part of your seasonal maintenance routines and you'll catch any moisture before it has a chance to permanently damage your home. 

About the Author
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Frank L. Pento

"Your Success Is My Top Priority"

A lifelong resident of Monmouth County with deep roots in the area, Frank’s real estate business continues to grow in the Monmouth, southern Middlesex and northern Ocean County real estate markets. With over 16 years of experience, he has earned a level of accomplishment that places him in the Top 1% of all roughly 8,000 licensed real estate agents in the Monmouth/Ocean area. As part of his business expansion plan Frank and his team have joined with Re/Max, a brand that has sold more homes than any other brand in the USA. Frank’s most important attribute is to first listen to what his clients’ goals and needs are. Then he combines his wealth of experience with a mature business savvy, high personal integrity, and keen negotiating expertise to craft a customized plan that will ensure that his clients succeed.

Constantly seeking to perfect his home marketing system for his listing clients, Frank has integrated a vast array of Re/Max, LTD tools as well as other specialized vendor solutions which includes an intense Social Media Marketing Plan. This enabled him to customize an overall home marketing system which has helped him achieve over $140 million in successful closed transactions. By leveraging his time-tested program, Frank sells homes in all price ranges, from $100,000 to $10 million, something most local agents and agencies cannot do well.

As a former successful Engineer and Real Estate investor, and having managed many property renovation projects, Frank brings a practical real-world experience to assist his clients in making well-informed decisions. He has a proven track record as both a highly successful listing agent and credentialed buyer’s agent. In fact, his clients find Frank’s depth of knowledge to be most refreshing and reassuring, as he is able to take much of the stress out of the often complicated process of buying or selling a home.

The local association for Realtors, the Monmouth Ocean Regional Realtors has selected Frank among his peers to serve as a member of the Professional Standards Committee, a body which serves to uphold the association’s high standards of integrity and professionalism in the industry. Frank has also furthered his real estate education and earned the prestigious designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR). This means that when Frank and his team work with buyers, they have the expertise and training to help ensure buyers make sound thoughtful purchasing decisions, and most importantly, without overpaying. Frank and his team place a high value on establishing life-long relationships within their community by being trusted resources and advisors long after the deal closes. Give Frank a call and let him show you exactly what he means when he says…."YOUR SUCCESS IS MY TOP PRIORITY"

Amy Van Daley

Licensed Assistant | +1 (347) 886-3059 | [email protected]

Amy was born and raised in Staten Island, NY and now lives with her husband and three children in the Oak Hill section of Middletown. She has over 11 years of experience in real estate, both as an Executive Assistant and as a Licensed Agent. As the daughter of a home improvement contractor, Amy has comprehensive knowledge of home building and construction. Her primary responsibilities within “The Pento Real Estate Group” involve marketing, administration, scheduling and transaction management while directly reporting to Frank. Amy is proficient in Social media, and greatly contributes to keeping the Pento machine working flawlessly and efficiently for our clients.

Amy is courteous and respectful of her colleagues and clients and, as our tag line states, always makes sure the success of our clients is her top priority. She understands how real estate is a “round the clock” job. As a licensed agent, Amy is available to backup members of the group if necessary, which creates even greater advantages for our clients.