Running water can cause serious structural damage and weaken the foundation of your home. A damp environment is also an open invitation to termites and it can also cause mold and mildew. Prevention is the key when it comes to protecting your home from water damage and it is much more cost effective than paying out your hard earned cash in foundation repairs. The experts at Disaster Services recommend the following three prevention tips to avoid costly repairs in your home.
It is important to have Good Drainage System
Ensure that you have good drainage by keeping gutters clean, directing downspouts 5 -10 feet away from the house and sloping your yard away from the foundation. Why does good drainage matter? A clogged gutter will send a torrential downpour of water down the side of your house causing damage to the siding and foundation. Sloping your yard will ensure that water is kept away from the foundation where it could cause the walls to lean, cause cracks in the masonry and create leaks. For crawl spaces, keeping excess water away from your home will make sure that this water doesn’t pool underneath your floor causing damp conditions that encourage mold growth and rot.
Test & Service Sump Pump
Test your sump pump once per year and more frequently during storm season.
Why? Your sump pump is designed to work during storms. If your sump pump is not functioning at full capacity it won’t be able to do the job it is designed to do and your basement could flood causing damage to the foundation, drywall and carpeting as well as running the additional risk of mold and mildew.
Prevent Water Damage from Leaks
Fix water leaks by repairing any noticeably dripping pipes and by repairing cracked caulking. Also check for dark spots under pipes and on ceilings. Why does it matter? Persistent leaks can lead to rotting wood, mold and mildew which can cause allergies and other health considerations. Drips can ruin cabinets under kitchen sinks and run down into the floor damaging the joists underneath which will require structural repairs. Alternatively a leaking roof can cause roof rot, which may require a brand new roof plus additional repairs to the rooms directly beneath.
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Water damage can cause serious damage to your home and is preventable with proper care and maintenance. If you find that you are a victim of water damage contact the professionals at Disaster Services today and speak with a customer service representative about our water damage restoration services. When you need water damage restoration, you can always count on our skilled and knowledgeable professionals. We are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to take care of your home and prevent further damage. We restore your home as if it were our own!