5 Things You Can Do To Prevent Future Water Damage

27 October 2016
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If you've recently suffered water damage in your home, you know how devastating and costly this type of damage can be. Fortunately, there are a lot of preventive measures you can take after you have water damage repaired to prevent this type of damage from occurring in your home down the road. The following are five things you can do around your house that will minimize your chances of ever having to deal with water damage again:

Fix small leaks before they become bigger

A lot of catastrophic leaks that cause significant water damage in a home start as small leaks and then become bigger. This type of leak typically slowly causes accumulated water damage over a long period of time but is not noticed until it becomes larger. You can discover small leaks by regularly inspecting your roof, looking out for dark spots of moisture at the bottom of sink cabinets and on ceilings, and carefully observing fluctuations in your water bill. If your water bill has been gradually increasing and there's no other explanation, a leak could be the cause.

Routinely inspect and test your home's sump pump

You probably rarely ever use your sump pump except when something drastic happens. Unfortunately, this sets you up for a scenario where their sump pump ends up not working properly during times of severe flooding. You need to test your sump pump occasionally to make sure it will work properly when needed. It's easy to test a sump pump by filling its pit with water and watching to see if the tank "float" rises. The float should then begin descending until it is back to its original level after the sump pump has successfully pumped all of the water away. 

Maintain an effective gutter system to channel water away

Your gutter system becomes very important during periods of heavy rainfall because it channels water off of your roof and away from your home. Keep your gutters in good condition by making sure that they don't become clogged with leaves or other debris.

Design a yard that's slightly sloped away from your home

A yard should be slightly sloped so that water is forced away from the home by gravity. Water that runs down against your foundation could cause a wide variety of water damage issues including foundation cracks and mold growth.

Prevent clogs and use a snake rather than chemicals when possible.

Clogged toilets, sinks, and bathtubs can eventually overflow and cause water damage in a home. Prevent clogs by keeping obstructive materials like hair out of your drains.

When you do have a serious clog, it's best to clean it out with a drain snake rather than a chemical drain cleaner. The chemicals in these cleaners can eat away at pipes if they are used too frequently and eventually create leaks. If you already have damage that needs repaired, contact Flood Doctor or a similar local company as soon as possible.