Proper maintenance of appliances will help ensure they aren’t leaking, sump pumps are a big factor during heavy rains. We recommend replacing sump pumps every seven years. If you have a washing machine, use steel braided hoses instead of rubber hoses. For all other appliances and perhaps plumbing leaks, keep an eye on your water bill. If you see a big increase, it may be an indication of a leaky pipe. Also, whenever you leave the home for an extended time, turn your water main off in the case some pipe breaks while you are away.