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Identifying & Preventing Water Damage
In most cases it is obvious to identify water damage, however it is surprising how little water can result in destruction of your home and personal possessions. From floods to spilled water, destruction of your property can occur just the same. Water damage can happen just about anywhere in a building. It is not uncommon for basements to fill with water during floods coming up from the lower levels of the home. Entering from the roof of your home water can seep in from faulty tiling. Water damage can even be found within the walls of your home when pipes and plumbing malfunction. It is important to pay attention to these signs in order to identify water damage before the situation gets worse.
Preventing Water Damage
The best way to alleviate the stress of dealing with the problems of water intrusion is to avoid it completely. This can be done by taking simple steps to prevent flooding and leaks within your home. The easiest way to remember this is by taking the appropriate steps in response to the changing weather.
Spring brings warmer weather, but it also brings high amounts of rainfall which in turn means potential for flooding and water to trickle down through holes within the ceiling. To prevent flooding you should make sure that all outdoor drains are properly directing water away from the base of the home. You should also check for any cracks in the walls of your basement and ground floor. Checking for holes in the ceiling may be harder to find, until you actually see a drip coming down from above. However, you can take steps to avoid this by making sure all tree limbs and any other obstacles that your house may come into contact with are trimmed and pulled away from the building.
The fall is a beautiful time of year but it also requires a lot of yard maintenance when trying to keep up with all of the falling leaves. It is important to take note that leaves are also falling onto your roof and obstructing the gutters. It is important to remove all leaves from the gutters of your home before the winter arrives so that you don’t run into problems when the snow melts. Another solution to this problem is to buy covers for the gutters. These gutter protectors function letting water in, but keeping out leaves and other objects from entering your gutters.
In winter comes the bitter cold keeping people inside. Since you most likely will not be outside all outdoor faucets should be turned off before the first freeze. This will keep unnecessary water out of the pipes that would otherwise freeze and expand, putting great amounts of stress on the pipes. Taking this step will keep pipes strong and avoid any possible cracks and leaks when the weather warms.
If you suspect water damage, for a free estimate, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110.