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Xtreme Mats

Under Sink Cabinet Mats and Water Sensors

  • Its all About Network

    Xtreme Mats started the year off as a first-time exhibitor at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando, Florida held January 10-13, 2017. KBIS is the premier event where leaders in the kitchen and bath industry have an opportunity to showcase their services and products and build a professional network.  Our mats were entered into the Best of KBIS catalogue where leaders in the kitchen and bath industry had the opportunity to see firsthand how the under-the-sink mats and water sensors work and the value these products add to homeowners and cabinet companies.

    In addition to the Best of KBIS entry, Xtreme Mats had the opportunity to exhibit our one-of-a-kind mat in a clear acrylic display case. Our unique display attracted leaders in the kitchen and bath industry to see firsthand how our mats work and learn why Xtreme Mats’ products are essential to any under the sink cabinet.

    Tom Jahnke with Builders Supply Outlet & The Edge Kitchen and Bath says Xtreme Mats is the best-designed product out there to protect cabinets from water and surface damage. “The overall design and the addition of the alarm sensor made the choice to partner with them easy,” says Jahnke. “No one we found could hold as much water as the Xtreme Mat.”

    For more information about Xtreme Mats, contact Brandon Burkey at Brandon@xtrememats.com.

  • Protect Yourself against insurance Loopholes and Leaks

    Owning a home is proclaimed as a vital part of achieving the American dream. We save years of our hard-earned wages with the hope of one day purchasing a place to settle into and call our own.  On closing day the keys to our grand new palace are handed over, cementing the American dream as a reality.  Life is so good, what could possibly go wrong? Well, let’s see…imagine an undetected leaky pipe that unexpectedly causes a very pricey amount of damages to the cabinetry and flooring we had just fallen in love with.  This is not a pessimistic view of home ownership but a realistic image of just one potential catastrophe that arises for homeowners all the time.

    You see, we “assume” that since homeowner’s insurance premiums cost several thousands of dollars a year and the policy is nearly novel-worthy in length that most damages to a home will be covered in the plan, right?  As we prepare to sign on the dotted line for our home we think “I’m set! It’s insurance so everything will be covered including a zombie apocalypse!”  Then that unexpected day comes and you say “Where did all this water come from?” and suddenly you are wishing it actually was the zombie apocalypse.  The pipe under your sink has burst and you are left with cleaning up a colossal mess while trying to figure out how you will pay for the repairs and damage to your floors and cabinets.

    The great misconception is living under the assumption you are fully protected by your homeowner’s insurance policy.

    Yes, having homeowners insurance is a prudent step to insure yourself against catastrophic loss or damage but you’ll need bifocals and Tylenol to muddle through the fine print.  That burst pipe under your sink may not be covered after all. If you closely examine, however, all the contents in your homeowner’s insurance policy you will quickly see how it is filled with loopholes that may not protect you in certain instances, including the burst pipe.

    Most insurance policies provide coverage for water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental.  Once you make the claim there will be an investigation to examine the cause then the insurance adjuster will determine if the incident could have been prevented through routine maintenance.  And there it is – the loophole that has become a sinkhole right into the money pit. Unless you have a comprehensive policy or purchased supplemental insurance at some point in recent past, your policy is unlikely to cover the repair cost and replacement of the culprit pipe.

    Additionally, you can expect your insurance premiums to rise after filing a claim for leak-related damages.  It is important to also note that any damage report filed may still go on your insurance record and look like a claim when you shop for new insurance in the future.

    You might be thinking “I need to check my policy and understand my coverage”.  Yes this would be a prudent step but how will this prevent your flood under the sink from occurring or help you detect the potential hazard in the first place?

    Xtreme Mats has created an under the sink mat to help safeguard your cabinetry and flooring from water damage, product spills, stains, scratches and so much more.  These mats are designed to offer maximum protection with the ability to hold up to 3.1 gallons of water, thus reducing the potential for water damage.  Additionally, there is a water sensor that will alarm when water buildup is detected within the mat to alert you of a potential hazard.

    This under the sink mat is an inexpensive, proactive approach to help detect and prevent water damage to your cabinets and surrounding areas.  The creators of Xtreme Mats are homeowners who stand by their product, believe in its effectiveness and value it provides customers.  They put their pride and conviction in every mat produced and back them with a lifetime guaranty.

    Keep living the American dream and enjoy owning your home with confidence knowing your investment is protected by Xtreme Mats.

  • What to consider before you buy a Cabinet Mat!

     

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    Did you know that the cabinet under your kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest and most unhygienic places in your house. The types of items stored under any sink base cabinet tend to be wet in nature. The storing of sponges, wet brushes and products that get wet during use add to the breading ground for mold. Did you also know that the best conditions for mold are dark and damp areas that contain moisture with lack of airflow. For these reasons all sink base cabinets are exposed to constant moisture making them prone to mold growth and bacteria.

    Do you ever notice water under you kitchen sink and wonder where it came from? There are no signs of a plumbing leak but the puddle or water drops are apparent. One of the most common areas for water to leak into your base cabinet is from around your soap dispenser or faucet cut out. All the water splashing behind your sink finds its way around the base of those fixtures mounted on your counters. Water then proceeds along the hose into the base of your sink cabinet and starts to deteriorate the base cabinet floor. This is very costly to fix but easily preventable with the Xtreme Mats under sink cabinet mat.

    Cleaning products and chemicals stored under your sink also damages cabinets. Product spills and Scratches are other reasons sink base cabinets get damaged over time. If you want the area under your sink to remain safe, clean and germ-free, then a cabinet mat can be the perfect solution for your Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry room.

    There are a wide range of cabinet mats available in the market these days. But there are certain things that you have to consider before making your final purchase. Let’s talk about them in detail.

    How much water can the mat hold?

    If you’re placing the mat under your sink, it is going to be exposed to the possibility of water in the event of a leak and moisture. Give attention to the amount of water it can contain before leaking out your cabinet and destroying your cabinet and flooring. Xtreme Mats 36” kitchen depth mat is capable of holding 3.1 Gallons of liquid our 30” vanity depth mat holds 1.8 gallons of water. This is a huge difference from the other mats on the market that do not hold water at all and only allow the water to drain out the front of the cabinet, ultimately ruining not only your cabinet but also your flooring.

    Is the mat firm or pliable?

    Installing a pliable mat is the easiest and best, reason being if your mat is firm you won’t be able to install it in a cabinet with a center support, unless you install prior to counter installation. All Xtreme Mats are pliable and made from an Eco-Friendly Low Density Polyethylene.

     Is it easy to clean?

    Once you have installed a cabinet mat under your sink, clean it on a regular basis to keep an eye on any small leaks. You should be able to clean any mat with soap and water unless you purchase shelf paper.

    Is it available in different widths and depths?

    Manufactured cabinets are produced in standard widths and depths. There are also custom cabinets which are just that custom sizes. Xtreme Mats produce under sink cabinet mats that fit the following sizes: 36”, 33”, 30” wide kitchen depth cabinets and 36”, 33”, 30” vanity depth cabinets.

    Does the mat off-gas, what is off gassing?

    Before buying a cabinet mat, make sure it doesn’t produce a chemical odor (VOC’s) that are a potential health hazard that you will smell every time you open your cabinet. If there is an odor it will take awhile to off gas since there isn’t airflow under your cabinets. Xtreme Mats product produce no VOC, which is safer for your health and environment.

    With all the information above you can be sure to find the perfect under cabinet sink Mat that will protect one of your largest and most loved possessions (your kitchen & bath cabinets) and also protect your health from Mold and VOC’s. Now that is good news!

  • 8 Reasons you need a cabinet mat by Xtreme Mats

    Any sink is prone to leak, and if not repaired, water damage can occur to the cabinet and flooring beneath. With Xtreme Mats you can say "goodbye" to damage from water leaks and the growth of unhealthy mold in your cabinets. We have compiled 8 reasons why every house needs Xtreme mats under all sink base cabinets:

    BEFORE                                                                           AFTER

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    • Protection: Our Xtreme mat ( 30" and 36" cabinet mats )is specially designed to protect your expensive cabinets from not only dripping water but also from all kinds of stains, scratches, and chemical spills. You can be rest assured that your cabinets and flooring will not be damaged from any of the above even if a large amount of liquid is spilled.
    • Construction: Our Xtreme mat is made of polypropylene and is extremely durable and mold resistant. Thus you can rest assured that even if it contains a lot of water it will not grow harmful mold and cause problems.
    • Fit: Xtreme Mats fit snugly into any standard cabinet. Under Sink Cabinets Mats can be installed in a base cabinet with or without a center support. You just slide it in and it will take care of the rest.
    • Capacity: The sides of our mats are 3/4 to 1 inch high and thus can hold a total of up to 3 gallons of water or any liquid in our 36” mat. Thus, even if there is a large amount of spill, you need not worry as our mats will take care of it.
    • Uses: You can use our product in kitchen, bathroom and laundry room cabinets, during crafts and home improvements, as a boot tray and also as an utility mat.
    • Size: Available for 7 size base cabinets and it comes in two colors, beige and grey. You can choose whichever mat fits your cabinet and save yourself a lot of money from costly repairs.

    • sensor_hrez-269x300Water Sensor:
      One of the best features of our mat is that it comes with a free water sensor (when purchased through Xtrememats.com) that emits a loud alarm of 100 dB when water comes in contact with it. The water sensor has a designated location on all Xtreme Mats. They are sold separately and the internal battery lasts up to 2 years. We have designed channels in the mat that will direct any liquid to a water sensor.
    • Warranty: Xtreme Mats come with a lifetime warranty. We ship products free of cost and offer drop shipping programs for distributors.

    So quit thinking and protect your home with an Xtreme Mat today. You never know when those pipes are going to leak!

  • No Exposure to VOC's

    Can Xtreme Mats not only protect under your cabinets but also your health? Possibly…

    Let's first ask, why should you use No VOC products? And why it may be present in your under cabinet mats.  Volatile Organic Compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature.  Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air.  There are many health dangers with exposure to VOC's.  Short term effects such as eye, nose and throat irritation, fatigue, nausea, skin allergic reactions, headaches, etc. Long-term exposure to VOC’s can cause severe damage to organs and has been known to cause Cancer.

    Products that contain high levels of VOC's include:

    • Air fresheners
    • Air cleaners that produce ozone
    • Cleaning and disinfecting chemicals
    • Cosmetics
    • Fuel oil, gasoline
    • Moth balls
    • Vehicle exhaust running a car in an attached garage
    • Paint
    • Good news though...
      Xtreme Mats contain no VOCs!

  • Under Cabinet Sink Mat

    Xtreme Mats under cabinet sink mat protect your cabinets from water leaks and chemical spills.

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    Do you store cooking oils and cleaning chemicals under your sink? If so Xtreme Mats under cabinet sink mat will protect your cabinet from accidental spills even chemical spills.

    Slow leaks from kitchen sink plumbing are a very common cause of water damage to your cabinet. Typical base cabinets are made with compressed wood, which is porous and soaks up water like a sponge, which can cause mold to grow. Use Xtreme Mats under cabinet sink mat to protect from this kind of damage.

    Beautiful kitchens sell homes, keep yours looking perfect from the inside out. Use Xtreme Mat to line the inside of your kitchen sink so a very common leak doesn't ruin your most important investment, a gorgeous kitchen.

    Rental properties need to be as clean as possible and in order to stay that way you should use the Xtreme Mat under cabinet sink mat. If you use a sink mat in your kitchen and a leak happens, you will have protection from water damage. Prolong the life of your cabinets.

  • Kitchen Cabinet Mat

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    Protecting your cabinets from water leaks might not be something you have ever thought about however its more common than you think for your kitchen sink to leak. Using a durable mat that can hold gallons of water it's the best way to protect your cabinets, plus it will also be there when your chemicals spill.

    You know the glass cleaner, dish soap, veggie wash, even olive oil that leave your cabinets looking messy and even worse possibly sagging and warped. You pay good money for your cabinets, why not protect them with a kitchen cabinet mat from Xtreme Mat!

  • Water Damage Nightmares

    Water may be great for humans but it's the enemy of your home.

    Keeping your home dry is one of the most important home maintenance jobs. If a leak is running under your sink base cabinets, you're facing possibly thousands of dollars of damage. When water comes into contact with carpeting, paper, wood and dirt rot and mold starts to grow. Depending on the materials and the temperature, mold can begin in a day or two rot takes longer.

    Repairing or replacing rotten or moldy structural wood, engineered wood products, drywall and carpet will set you or your insurance company back a small fortune. Always remember every homeowner policy has a deductible most several thousand dollars. Most water causes goes unseen until too late. Leaks can go unnoticed for months or even years before someone notices the damage. Sometimes the most difficult part is finding the source of the leak.

    Homeowners can prevent mold and water damage by checking:

    1. Malfunctioning dishwashers
    2. Washing machines hoses
    3. Seals around water faucets where they sit on the counter
    4. Leaky pipe fittings
    5. Under counter water filters
    6. Old or stuck supply valves

    Will insurance cover it?

    When faced with water damage, homeowner always asks, "Will my insurance cover it?"

    For an insurer to cover your claim for water-related damage, the cause must have been "sudden and accidental," says Jeanne Salvatore, of the Insurance Information Institute. If your kitchen floor rotted because you put off fixing a leaky kitchen sink, for example, you're probably not covered. "It's considered your responsibility as a homeowner to maintain your home," Salvatore says.
On the other hand, if you maintained your pipes and kept up with your home's maintenance but one winter the pipes burst, the damage will be covered under standard homeowners insurance, Salvatore says.

    water_leaking_blk_mat-300x200One of the best ways to protect your self against water damage within your cabinets is to install a water proof cabinet mats that collects the water. Also as an added precaution I suggest purchasing a water detector that will alarm when water has been detected within the mat.

    By doing so you are taking the necessary steps to prevent water damage to your cabinets and surrounding areas. Being proactive is cheaper and easier than, tearing out and replacing your flooring, kitchen cabinets and counters because of an undetected leak from a pipe.

  • 10 Common Household Leaks You Can Prevent

    Posted: 12/6/2012
    by USAA Members

    The sound of a leaky faucet may drive you nuts during the night. But unchecked and unfixed, the problem could drain your wallet, costing thousands of dollars in damages, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

    Water leaks can sneak up on you and cause widespread damage to floors, ceilings, walls and prize possessions. Plus, they can disrupt your home life for weeks during cleanup and repairs.

    KNOW WHAT'S COVERED

    One out of three USAA non-catastrophe-related insurance claims is due to plumbing and appliance leaks, according to Melissa Digby, director of USAA's Loss Prevention and Safety Team.But not all claims from water damage are covered by a homeowners insurance policy. Before water damage occurs, review your policy and know your limits and deductibles.

    With regular inspection and maintenance, homeowners can stop leaks before they start. Tim Reinhold, IBHS chief engineer and senior vice president of research, offers the following tips to help prevent the top 10 sources of household leaks, most of which range from $4,000 to $5,500 in damages after the insurance deductible has been paid.

    1. Washing Machines

    The often-used washing machine is the most hazardous appliance you own when it comes to water leaks. It may be convenient to have your washer and dryer on the main floor or near the main living space, but that's also where many valuable furnishings and electronics are located. And few laundry rooms have a drain that could contain a leak and prevent water damage.

    What You Can Do

    • Replace rubber and plastic hoses with reinforced steel braided hoses. "The hoses are pressurized all the time, and for just a few dollars more you can buy some added peace of mind," says Reinhold. Replace these hoses every five years, no matter how they look. Deterioration could happen inside the hose, where it's not noticeable. Label the hose with the replacement date.
    • Tighten hose connections if they feel loose. "Connections are always problematic and can be a source of leaks or an outright system failure," says Reinhold.
    • Turn off the water supply to the washing machine whenever you leave the house for more than one day.
    • If possible, replace screw-type water-supply valves with an easier-to-operate dual-ball valve that controls both hot and cold water with a single lever. "Many older houses will have individual shut-offs for hot and cold water rather than a single valve, which magnifies the problem," explains Reinhold.

    2. Plumbing Systems

    From high water pressure that stresses the system over time to frozen pipes that burst, problems with your supply line pipe can cause big-time damage. In fact, burst pipes result in some of the highest costs to homeowners, with damages that often top $8,000.

    What You Can Do

      • Watch for warning signs. One or more of the following indicate you may have a supply line issue that warrants inspection by a plumbing professional: water spots on ceilings and floors; higher-than-normal water bills, which indicate excessive water usage; pipes that "bang" when faucets are turned off; and evidence of rust and wet soil erosion around the foundation.
      • Check to see if water pressure is normal. "It should be 30 or 40 per square inch in your home rather than the 70 psi you might find at your street connection," says Reinhold. "You can have a water pressure regulator installed if you're having problems."
      • Make sure everyone in the home knows where the water supply valve is located and how to shut it off. Regularly test the valve to make sure it works properly.
      • Insulate pipes prone to freezing, especially at the point of entry into the home.

    LEAK DETECTION TECHNOLOGY
    There are three basic types of water detection systems:

    • Active Leak Detection. These systems sound an alarm if they detect excessive moisture and stop water flow if they're integrated into your home's shut-off valve system. They can be programmed to call you or be looped into your home security monitoring service.
    • Passive Leak Detection. Battery operated, they sound an alarm for a possible water leak.
    • Whole-House System. Featuring a shut-off valve installed on the main water supply pipe, this system will automatically turn off the entire water supply when it detects a leak anywhere in your home.

     

    Water detection devices can be purchased through the USAA MemberShop or at many home improvement stores.

    3. Toilets

    Homes old and new can suffer toilet-related leaks. Newer homes are more likely to experience sudden toilet failure, such as one caused by a faulty supply line or fill valve, resulting in higher losses, according to IBHS. Older homes are more likely to develop a slow, seeping leak. And then there's the constant risk of clogs. Whether caused by a toddler who throws toys into the toilet bowl or other sources, clogs can cause overflows and significant damage to floors and ceilings.

    What You Can Do

        • "When a clog occurs, take the lid off the back of the tank and close the flapper or lift the float to stop water before it overflows the bowl," says Reinhold. Make sure the water supply valve is accessible so you can turn off the supply.
        • Replace gate valves on the supply line with ball valves, if possible, to reduce the risk of leaks.

    4. Water Heaters

    Like washing machines, water heaters can cause more damage if they're located on the main floor rather than the basement. Often installed and forgotten, water heaters that have passed their life expectancy — typically about 10 years — can start to rust or corrode. And without a floor drain or a drain pan piped to a floor drain, a leak can wreak havoc in a hurry. IBHS reports that water heater failures cost an average of $4,444 per incident, after the deductible.

    What You Can Do

          • Purchase a water heater with a long warranty, ideally 12 years, advises Reinhold. "A new house may come with a standard contractor-grade water heater, which usually only has a three-year warranty," he says.
          • Have a professional inspect and maintain the heater's anode rod every two years, then every year after the warranty has expired. The anode rod attracts corrosion to protect the steel tank.
          • Flush sediment from the hot water tank, especially if your home has hard water, which leaves more sediment, says Reinhold.

    WOULDA COULDA SHOULDA
    A water detection device could've helped prevent several weeks of personal misery and thousands of dollars in losses for one USAA employee.

    5. Drains and Sump Pumps

    A backed-up sewer drain may cause the most unpleasant and dreaded of all leaks — sewage that overflows into your home. If your home sits at the low end of a hill or lower than street level, it's more susceptible to sewer backups.

    What You Can Do

                • Have a professional plumber install a back-flow prevention assembly.
                • Plant trees far from drain lines.
                • Store personal belongings off the floor and away from drains and sump pumps.
                • Do not pour grease down the drain.
                • Test the sump pump before the start of each rainy season.

    6. Dishwashers and Refrigerators

    Often called the heart of the home, the kitchen contains two leak-prone appliances: dishwashers and refrigerators. Leaking pipes, hoses and drains under these heavily used appliances can damage floors or cabinets. And since signs often appear behind or under the dishwasher and fridge, leaks often get overlooked.

    What You Can Do

                • Periodically check for leaks under the sink where the hose connects to the water supply.
                • Look around the base of the dishwasher for evidence of leaks, such as discolored, warped or soft flooring materials, or water damage to nearby cabinets.
                • If your refrigerator has an ice maker, make sure the hose connection is securely attached to the water supply line. A damp spot on the floor behind or under the fridge may be a sign of a crimped ice-maker line about to burst. "I'd recommend cleaning out behind your refrigerator once a year and inspecting hoses and pipes," says Reinhold.

    7. Sinks, Showers and Bathtubs

    Ever gone running to the sink because you forgot to turn off the faucet? Along with drain clogs, overflows can result from water left running by mistake. In the bathroom, broken plumbing behind walls can result in water leaking through old, damaged caulk, grout and other sealants around walls, bathtubs, showers and sinks. Faulty drain pipes and shower pans can leak, too.

    What You Can Do

                • Regularly inspect and replace deteriorated caulk and grout around sinks, showers and bathtubs.
                • Look for stains or soft areas on walls and floors near bathroom or kitchen plumbing.
                • Fix leaky faucets. "You'd be surprised how much you'll save on your water bill over time," says Reinhold.
                • If your access to a plumbing leak is limited, consult a professional.

    8. Air-conditioning Systems

    It's a bad sign to see water dripping from a ceiling, especially when you don't know where it's coming from. If you haven't had routine maintenance done on your air-conditioning system, it could be coming from an overflowing drain pan. Over time, clogs can form and lead to leaks.

    What You Can Do

                • Every cooling season, have your air-conditioning system inspected and serviced by a qualified contractor, Reinhold recommends. Make sure the professional inspects and cleans the system's condensation pan drain line.
                • To prevent an overflow, have the professional install a float switch to cut off the AC system if there is a clog, says Reinhold.

    9. Roof, Siding and Windows

    Having a home means you're sheltered from the elements. But if your home has a leaky roof, insufficient siding or damaged windows, you're not very well-protected. Water coming in from the outside can result in catastrophic damage.

    What You Can Do

                • Keep leaves, branches and other debris off the roof to ensure water drains properly. Otherwise, it may leak through the roof, down the walls and into the foundation.
                • Clean and unclog gutters at least twice a year.
                • Inspect the roof and siding for damage, and replace shingles, flashing and siding.
                • Replace damaged caulk around windows or doors.
                • Repaint wood siding and window frames as needed.

    10. Downspouts, Spigots and the Foundation

    "Have a solid foundation" is the most overused metaphor on the self-help lecture circuit. But for your home, take the advice literally. Protecting that foundation is crucial. Water can pool around the foundation and enter the home through cracks.

    What You Can Do

                • Make sure downspouts carry water well away from the foundation of the home, adding splash blocks or extra length as necessary.
                • Fill in any low spots next to the house to help water drain away from the foundation.
                • Before the first freeze, disconnect garden hoses from all water spigots, and turn off each spigot's water supply.

    One Final Tip

    The fastest way to stop a leak may be to turn off your home's water, so do this first. It's also an important step to take before you attempt to make any plumbing repairs. So, before an emergency occurs, learn where the valve is located. You usually can find it in the basement or on an outside wall in a utility area of the house. The main shutoff valve allows a full flow of water through the pipe when it's open. Turning off this valve (by turning it clockwise) cuts off the water supply to the entire house.

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  • Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda ... Water Leak Leads to $10K in Damages

    Posted on Aug 24, 2012 | Category: About Our People

    By Ruth Peterson, staff underwriter, Property & Casualty

    Imagine you are a first-time homebuyer after living in apartments for 15 years. You have been in the house for four months, and you wake up one morning, swing your feet out of bed and the carpet squishes beneath your toes.

    Your first thought is, "Yuck," and then, "What do I do?"

    As any Property & Casualty employee will tell you, one of the first things you should do is call your insurance company's claims department. After I reported the problem, an adjuster arrived and determined that the water softener plumbing was diverting water down the wall between my bathroom and bedroom, and had been doing this since I purchased the house.

    This was my first property loss, and it was pretty traumatic for me.

    I was very anxious about the loss but the claims adjuster calmed my fears as we went through a three-week process of getting my bedroom back together. To make a long story short, one of the walls in the bedroom had to be torn out to repair the plumbing, the wall had to be rebuilt and repainted, and the carpet had to be replaced. In addition, approximately 250 books got damp and were disposed of because a bookcase sat against that wall. The bookcase, which my dad had made for me, had to be refinished.

    Why do I relive such a horrible memory and share it here? Because through USAA's MemberShop®, (login required) members can purchase a water detection device that is also available at home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's.

    If a water alarm had alerted me of the leak, a great deal of the damage to the room itself could've been prevented, and the heartburn I experienced over the whole ordeal would've been avoided. Instead, I incurred almost $10,000 in damages (repairing the wall, new flooring, replacing the books, refinishing a custom-made bookcase) and had to sleep in the guest room for three weeks while repairs were being made.

    A water detector could have caught the water leak in its initial phase right after I moved into the house. It would've been a simple fix, at that time, with possibly some repair to the wall. Less trauma and fewer losses.

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