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How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

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How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

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Repairing your home from water damage is costly and time-consuming. The easiest way to reduce this burden on you and your family is to prevent water whenever possible, and call a water restoration company to clean your home if damage has already occurred.

A few ways you can prevent water damage in your home include:

  • Check Your Sump Pump: If you live in a region that has a long stormy season or is common to flooding, chances are your basement will have a sump pump. These pumps send water away from your home to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a storm drain. For this reason it is crucial to check your sump pump at least once a year, and more frequently during storms, to ensure it is doing its job. Basement flooding can cause costly damage to drywall and carpeting, as well as increase the risk for developing mold and mildew.
  • Establish Good Drainage: Flooding and leaks can come from poor drainage in and around your home. To ensure good drainage around your home, you should routinely clean the gutters, make sure the yard slopes away from the foundation of the house, and direct drain spouts 5 to 10 inches away from your home.
  • Look for Leaks: Persistent leaks are one of the most costly water damages to repair in your home, so catching them early is key. Be on the lookout for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, or toilets that rock around. Leaks can also soften the wood in your home making it a perfect feeding spot for termites, and will cause the growth of mold and mildew. To prevent leaks, you should repair dripping pipes right away and routinely check your roof and caulking to make sure there are no cracks.

Preventing water damage in your home is necessary in order to avoid costly repairs. If you have water damage it is important contact a water restoration company as soon as you can to help combat mold and mildew growth, and keep your family healthy and happy. Contact us today for questions on our water restoration services!