Regular Inspections Can Guard Against Water Damage

Avoiding Water Damage 101

Water damage: a costly and messy process that is a downright pain in the you-know-what. Fortunately for you, before you have to call the pros to save your home from serious damage, there are measures you can take in your daily life to avoid water damage. It’s true, there a little preventative measures you could be taking that you didn’t even know are causing any harm in the first place. Sure, a lot of it can happen slowly and might not cause significant damage for a long time, but believe me; damage will surely happen if you’re not taking the right precautions.

How to Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

Plumbing InspectionLike I said before, there are a ton of small things you could be doing around the house to protect it from water damage that you didn’t even know would help!! Your home’s foundation is pretty susceptible to damage because damp wood pretty much becomes a playground for termites and other damaging pests. Not to mention the fact that, over time, the water with rot and destroy the wood, making any home completely unsafe. Little maintenance tips in your day-to-day routine might save you from needing hardware repair and water damage restoration. Check for leaks or overflow in sinks and toilets. Overflows could be caused by debris build up or a broken shutoff valve. Keeping your pipes clear and valves in check will ensure sure water comes and goes appropriately.

Clogged Gutters

Keep those gutters clean! If your drainage system is weak, your home is at high risk for water getting in and doing some major damage. So, what can you do to stop this? I’m glad you asked. It’s easy, keep your gutters clear because when they are clogged up with dirt and leaves, water can’t be drained properly, and it’ll just pour right down your home’s siding and into the foundation. While you’re at it, make sure your roof is in good shape. Damaged or lost shingles can allow water to pool in your ceiling and eventually rot through and cause leaks in your home that could require extensive repair services.

Don’t Neglect Your Basement

One more thing- don’t neglect your sump pump. This is that pump in your basement used to remove water and keeps your basement from flooding. Check up on it now and then to make sure it’s working correctly because if it’s not and a storm hits, your basement could flood. A flooded basement can cause significant damage, ruining your belongings, as well as any carpeting and drywall.

 

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