1.) The most preventative way is to do routine maintenance by replacing old worn washing machine hoses, water supply lines. If your water heater is 10 years or older we recommend replacing it.
2.) For leaks in water heaters look for water or rust in water heater pan or around bottom of heater if no pan.
3.) Remember not all water leaks are visible as they can be behind walls or under the floors.
4.) Always know where your main shut off valve is to your house/condo and make sure it works. Not all water leaks are preventable. By knowing where your main shut off valve is you can avoid excessive water damage to your home.
Know where the shut off valve is to each fixture some examples:
Kitchen Sink – under kitchen sink
Dishwasher – under kitchen sink
Ice maker line – under kitchen sink or behind refrigerator
Toilets – low on wall behind toilet
Washing Machine – on wall connected to washing machine hose shut off both hot and cold.
Note: shut off valves need to be operated and inspected a few times a year