Water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare.
Not only can water damage happen in a multitude of ways, but it can cause an array of problems from structural damage to health problems for you and your family.
What are some common ways a homeowner can prevent water damage? The following preventative measures will not only help keep unwanted water from entering your home, but can prevent the high costs of water damage repairs and damage clean-up fees:
Your roof is your first defense for water leaks due to rain and melting snow. Roofs can be constructed of different materials depending on the type of home you live in, but all serve the purpose of protecting you and your belongings from the outside elements. Regular roof maintenance is crucial to keep it in good condition year-round.
Key elements in roof maintenance are to check for:
• Wear and tear of any area of the roof
• Flu and chimney damage
• Damage caused by weather; such as, wind, heavy rain or hail
Repair, patch or replace the roof as necessary to prevent leaks.
Gutters and downspouts:
Damaged or aged gutters and downspouts can create the perfect situation for water damage to your home. Regular checks, maintenance and replacement of gutters and downspouts will help prevent water from accumulating or seeping into your home’s structure.
Windows are susceptible to losing their seal as your home ages as well as weather conditions. Inspecting the windows throughout your home can save you on costly water damage bills. Check around your windows for water stains as well as for any sign of air leaks around the windows’ seals. Air seeping in means there is a break in the seal and can be a perfect entry point for water into your home. Re-caulking windows will help prevent water damage due to rain or melting snow.
Irrigation systems are convenient for homeowners in maintaining their lawn; especially large lawns. However, irrigation systems need to be routinely checked to make sure there are no leaks in the system that can cause flooding to the yard and cause structural damage to your home.
Plumbing problems are one of the most common causes of water damage to homes. A leaky toilet, tub, shower or plumbing pipe can quickly cause significant damage to your flooring and walls. Check all aspects of your plumbing system regularly. Any signs of a leak should be repaired and rectified as soon as possible. You can have your plumbing pipes inspected by a professional plumber to be sure there are no hidden leaks you can’t see.
Check other common leak areas:
There are several common areas of a home where leaks can start:
•Behind the washing machine
•Around the hot water heater
Being diligent in watching for and hunting down leaks is the best way to prevent water from entering and collecting where it shouldn’t, in your home. The sooner a leak is found and repaired, the less chance it will have to damage your home and your belongings.