Stop water damage before it starts!
When your home or business goes through water damage, the repair bill will be enormous. You could have a weakened structure, your home electrical systems and appliances will be badly damaged. Water damage is the most common culprit that weakens the foundations of your home. But don’t take my word for it, see what the CS Water Pros have to say.
But there are methods to prevent this damage from happening.
Water buildup and its prevention.
Water buildup is where the water around your home’s foundations exceeds the capacity of the removal systems to properly and completely drain it.
Two ways water buildup can occur:
- Sewer systems overflowing through the drains in your basement, if you have one that is.
- Surface water can seep inside the foundation walls.
Ways you can prevent Water build up.
- Maintain your gutters. Keep them free of debris such as leaves, and repair them if necessary, like when you find them sagging. Inspect their water capacity after a heavy rainfall, and if the water overflows you will need to install downspouts.
- Adjust the landscaping and the irrigation to help water flow away from your foundations.
- You can prevent the backflow of sanitary water, do this by installing backflow valves at all basement drains. Include sinks and toilets.
- Prepare your basement. Raise anything electrical-heaters, washing machines above flood water levels.
How to recover from water buildup.
- Dry your rugs, carpets, and personal items.
- Remove water to protect structural damage.
- If anything is in contact with sewer water, you need to clean it.
- Find and consult licensed building professionals to determine the damage and begin repairs to your structure.
Mold is the excessive buildup of moisture in buildings. It can be prevented by these steps:
- Control the moisture. This is the key to preventing mold.
- Fix any leaks the moment you notice them.
- Use exhaust fans in bathrooms/kitchens to remove outside moisture.
- Use air conditioners and Dehumidifiers to reduce moisture.
- Put up storm windows, and see about insulation.
How to deal with any mold that occurs.
- Fix leaky pipes or other sources. If they leak, it might attract mold.
- Get rid of excess water.
- Remove any absorbent material when it gets wet; carpet, ceiling tiles.
Other ways to prevent water damage.
- Maintain your roof to prevent any leaks. Wind or hail damage will be a factor of deterioration in your roof.
- Ensure your irrigation system is in good condition. Any leaks could easily waste as much as 50 to 100 gallons and you’d never know it.
- Check your windows for any water damage. Any leaks mean water is getting inside. Make sure the windows are tightly sealed. Replace any caulking if it’s needed.
- Refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers are all culprits of potential water damage. Check them frequently.
- As stated above, use humidity systems to keep below 55%. Choose a portable dehumidifier with a humidity control, preferably one that shuts off when the collector pan is full.
- Using food coloring, remove the tank lid of your toilet and flush. When it refills, add dark food coloring. Any trace of color appearing means you have a leak.