Stop Exterior Water Damage Causes!
Though there are many possible sources of water damage within your home, it is also a great idea to check your general property to ensure that you are not at risk from outside influences. Just as you can take preventative measures within your home to prevent things like leaking pipes, burst hoses on refrigerators or washing machines, and malfunctioning water heaters, you can also take care of the exterior of your home and the property. We have previously gone over this subject in a bit more detail if you want to find out more information. Preventing possible causes from the outside goes a long way toward preventing major water damage within your home. Just as you should be doing routine check-ups and maintenance around your home, you should also be checking the exterior.
With fall and winter fast approaching, it seems wise to cover a few general tips about cold weather protection before moving on. Remember to disconnect all garden hoses or other types of connections on your exterior and garage water spigots before winter. The cold temperate can freeze trapped water and cause the damage to the hose itself and more dangerously to the spigot. Ensure that any exterior water pipes are properly insulated for wintertime temperatures, as frozen burst pipes are a semi-common result of improperly protected exterior water plumping. If you have any questions about your home’s individual set up, a plumber should be able to answer them.
In general, there are several preventative steps you can take to help prevent exterior causes of water damage to your home. Check your lawn and surrounding areas for low or dipping regions and level them properly. You do not want water collecting on your lawn or outlaying areas – it should be draining away from your foundation. If too much water is pooling against your home foundation, eventually it may find a way into the basement or ground level. To help prevent unnecessary water saturation around your home, make sure to properly channel your gutter drains away from the house. The flow of water should always be directed outward from the foundations. If necessary you can utilize water absorbent materials around the foundations to soak up leakage if you suspect that you have problems. Ordinarily this is a contractor job, but you can dig up the surrounding soil to expose the foundations and check it. If it is cracked, you can patch it and fill it in with waterproofed paint or other coverings. You can also help prevent water leaks in the general area by being canny as to what plants and soil type you leave close to your home. In general, basements are prime targets for mold growth because of minor water leaks coming in from ground level exterior areas and should be properly maintained.
Inspect the general exterior of your home for chinks in caulking around doorways and windows. If the caulk is cracked or molding you should replace it so that rainwater does not enter through these areas. You might consider repainting the surrounding wood siding with paint that includes water-sealing additives. These tips are only for the general area around your home and there are many more things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you should never hesitate to call a professional water restoration company for advice.
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