Every year, hundreds of homeowners spend significant amount of money in paying for water damage repair service. Granted many of these are paid for by insurance agencies, but what of the unlucky few whose insurance claims are not legally validated?
Truth is, water disaster is one of the worst disaster that a home and its owner can face, because just as you finish solving one problem, another one comes up. In repairing a water damaged home, you will have to first get the water out, then clean up the affected items in the house, that is after throwing away the ones which cannot be remediated. Then you might need to do some construction work because the water could have compromised some of the building’s structure. When you finally manage to get all those done, then you might be faced with the issue of mold growth. Sometimes, it would seem that the problems would never come to an end.
So, instead of having to deal with all the above, here are 3 tips you can follow to prevent your home from getting water damaged.
Tip 1: Take Good Care Of Your Gutters
Your gutters should be effective in keeping water away from your home’s foundation and lead it away from your property. To keep it effective in this doing so, ensure that debris are cleared from it on a regular basis. Also, your roof gutters should be constructed in such a way that it spouts water at least a distance of five feet away from your home so as to prevent your foundation from weakening over time. If they do not spout water that far away, then install some downspout extensions.
It is also a good idea that you grade your yard in a way that while it can retain water to support grass growth, it also provides enough slope for excess water to flow away from the property.
Tip 2: Install a Sump Pump
It is true that not all water damages can be prevented, especially when they arise from cases of natural disasters. It however doesn’t mean that the extent of the damage cannot be reduced. Sump pumps which are normally used to collect water from flooded basements would serve you well during a heavy storm or natural flood. This of course is assuming that the pump is in excellent working condition at the time of the disaster. Thus, ensure that your pump is in good working condition by testing it regularly – may be every six months.
Tip 3: Regular Maintenance Is Pivotal
To stay ahead of the dangers of a water disaster, you are advised to keep a close watch on your home. Special areas to pay attention to is your plumbing system and water supply lines. Any leaks, no matter how small they are could be a big problem in the future. So nip them in the buds ASAP.
Also, check your roofs for missing shingles and your foundation for cracks as water could get into your home from above and beneath respectively.
While there is no guarantee that these tips would totally prevent any water damage in your home, there is no sense in following them even if it only reduces the extent of the damage.