It happened again: Another avoidable flood caused damage to not only the unit owner who created the problem but also to those units below his.

It was avoidable because the flood was caused by a 20-plus-year-old hot water heater that the unit owner chose not to replace because it was working just fine. The problem is that a hot water heater seldom fails “just a little”; and when they do fail, they tend to do it at the worst possible time.

Hot water heaters should be checked annually and replaced every 10 to 15 years depending on the condition and brand. Failure to do so could not only mean you have to deal with the damage to your unit, but it could also make you responsible for damage done to units beside or below you.

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