Ways to Prevent Water Damage

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You never want water damage to occur in your home. Exposure to too much water can cause serious damage to a home’s foundation as well as flooring and walls.

You can protect your home from water damage with a few easy repairs and upgrades and save yourself from a water damage emergency in the future.

#1. Dual Sump Pumps

If your home is at the bottom of a hill or you live in an area of the country prone to extreme weather and storms, we recommend you install dual sump pumps. Two sump pumps will help prevent water buildup and if one goes out, the other will still work during the time necessary to repair or replace the other one. Learn how to install a sump pump here.

#2. Downspout Redirection

You should ensure your downspout drains water far away from the foundation of your home. You can point your downspout in the correct direction and increase its length with additional extensions.

Also be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid buildup and clogging. If buildup occurs, water and drainage could spill over the sides and rest on the foundation beneath.

If you live in a cold part of the country prone to winter storms, be sure that ice doesn’t form in the gutters. Melted ice can also lead to water settling onto the foundation beneath your home during the winter months of the year.

#3. Repair Plumbing

Poor plumbing and leaks can also lead to water damage. Perform an inspection of your plumbing multiple times each year to ensure there are no leaks occurring anywhere in your basement or elsewhere in your home.

#4. Repair Roofing

An old or faulty roof can lead to water damage in your home. Most roofs do not last longer than 20 years. If your roof is 20 years old or older we recommend replacing it. If it is a new roof, be sure to inspect the shingles often and replace worn or broken ones with new shingles if necessary.

#5. Dehumidifiers & Ventilation

Be sure to properly ventilate your home. You should have good circulation throughout the entire home to prevent humidity and moisture buildup in certain rooms and areas of your home. Variate between opening windows and running your air conditioner. Also consider placing dehumidifiers throughout your home to trap humidity and prevent moisture from forming on floors and walls in your home.

If water damage does occur in your home, you will need to hire a professional water damage restoration service near you to fix the problem. This is an extremely invasive and costly repair and it is best avoided at all costs.

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