Generally, when homeowners think of the ultimate destruction that can be done to their home, they think of something along the lines of fire damage. However, water damage can often cause far more damage to fire. We are going to show you a few steps to prevent your home from water damage.
ROOF INSPECTION: START FROM THE TOP
When thinking of various ways to protect your home from water damage, it’s best to start from the top and work your way to the bottom. Oftentimes a leaky roof is responsible for water damage that seeps into your home.
The unfortunate part about a roof leak, is that it can go on for quite some time before its noticed. By the time you begin to see that dreaded wet spot on one of your ceilings, you’d be shocked at the damage lying behind it.
CLEAN GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
It’s recommended to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned at least twice a year. Different elements such as dirt, branches, wet leaves, and feathers can get in there and cause standing water and overflow that can eventually cause water damage to your gutters and roof. Also, downspouts can get kicked around while children are playing or with strong winds, so ensure that they are secured.
I can almost guarantee that you’ll never experience the level of aggravation that tree roots can cause in your plumbing system. For example, if you have trees, bushes, or anything else that grows roots near your house, they can seep up into your pipes leading into the house and cause them to clog. Or, they can wrap so tightly around the pipes that they cause gashes or cause them to burst.
KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOUR WATER MAIN
It’s very important that you familiarize yourself with your home’s water main shut-off valve. Its usually located in the basement of your home. Sometimes the valves are screwed or pressed on too tight or get stuck due to them not being manipulated for a long period of time. Do a practice run by shutting off the valve and shutting it back on immediately, that way, if you need to turn it off in a jiffy you can do so easily.
The great thing about being able to shut off the water main is that it is one quick action that will shut down the water supply to the entire house in an instant in case an emergency such as busted pipes were to happen.
INSTALL WATER DETECTION DEVICES
A water detection device is an early warning system that detects the presence of water. It gives off an alert whenever it detects moisture, that allows the homeowner to either prevent a leak or catch it early enough before it becomes a more severe problem.
REPAIR ALL SEALS
This is a simple and inexpensive, yet powerful step that you can take to prevent water damage in your home, especially in bathrooms and kitchens. Inspect all of the seals around the sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, windows and doors to ensure that the caulking is intact and airtight. It may be a good idea to replace your caulking about every 5-6 years. However, if you find any cracks or missing caulking, replace the caulking sooner.
WATERPROOF BASEMENT AND FOUNDATION
The foundation is probably the most important part of the house; it’s what holds the house up and the entire structure together. In order to keep the occupants safe, the foundation has to be intact. If you spot any signs of moisture within the walls or floor of the basement, it needs to be waterproofed. There are sealants that you can purchase to paint over the walls and floors in order to keep the water out.
If the problem is not resolved with a sealant, you may need to take a few extra measures. First, have your foundation checked to make sure that it is built with a slope that leads water away from the house. If you still continue to have issues with water seeping into the house, you may need to have a sump pump installed to pump out the groundwater. However, at that point, in order to ensure that your home is fully protected, you may need to hire a water damage restoration service.
YOU’VE NOW SAVED YOUR HOME
These tips can prevent your home from succumbing to water damage. You have the knowledge to prevent or at least catch an issue at hand before it becomes a larger issue. However, if you’ve already been a victim of water damage, it’s not too late. A reputable water damage restoration service can repair and bring your home back up to new, you can then still put our suggestions in to practice as a preventative measure.