We invest a lot of time and money into keeping our homes safe. There is something that can cause costly damage to our homes and personal items that we often fail to safeguard against, water. Water damage in our homes can threaten structural integrity, cause mold growth, and ruin our most precious belongings. There are steps you can take to help protect your home from water damage and keep your contents safe.
Here are 7 tips that can save you a lot of stress and money dealing with home water damage.
1) Keep gutters and downspouts clean. Gutters can fill with debris, causing clogs. If gutters get clogged, water will begin to pool and overflow down the side of your home damaging siding and foundations. You should clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid any blockages.
2) Inspect your roof. Your roof is exposed to all the elements and is your home’s first line of defense from these elements. You should be sure that your roofing material is not lose or damaged, perform routine maintenance on your roof.
3) Maintain trees and vegetation around your home. Trees and shrubs can have invasive root systems. If planted near utility pipes, water lines, or the foundation of your home, they can cause some serious damage.
4) Check your irrigation systems often. Water can easily pool in yards from broken sprinkler pipes. Make sure there are no leaking sprinklers, or areas where water is pooling. Keep up on proper maintenance of your sprinkling system and if you live in an area that has freezing winters, be sure to get your pipes blown out before cold weather hits.
5) Know where your water main is located. Most homeowners do not know their water main line and shut off is located. If you know how and where to shut the water off to your home, you can help prevent costly water damage if a leak happens. If you are going to be away from your home for extended amounts of time, it is a good idea to turn off your water main.
6) Check your appliances regularly. Dishwashers and water heaters are just a few appliances used daily that have a water supply. Keep appliances maintained and in good working order to help prevent leaks and other issues. Water heaters are prone to rust and corrosion, which can spring leaks. Have your water heater serviced regularly.
7) Inspect faucets and pipes to check for leaks. Leaky faucets are extremely common, and a leaky faucet not only wastes a lot of water, but also can cause flooding. You should also check cabinets under sinks for any leaks or pooling water from pipes. If a pipe looks old, rusted, or damaged, replace it.
About First Choice Restoration
First Choice Restoration is a water, mold, fire, and smoke remediation company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The company also operates additional offices throughout other areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The company has been assisting homeowners and businesses with water, mold, fire, and smoke cleanup for over 40 years.