Ways to Avoid Water Damage in the New Year
We want 2022 to be your best year yet. Not only do we want you to stay healthy but we want your home to stay healthy too. While storms are often the cause of flooding, there are also many other unexpected causes of water damage. Whether it is a faulty sewer backup, a burst pipe, or maybe even a leaking appliance, we want to show you how you can take precautionary measures to avoid water damage this year.
1. Clean Your Gutters
As heavy rain and snowfall this year it is crucial to make sure you have clean and functional gutters. Gutters are prone to leaves and debris buildup which hinders their functionality. Your gutters ensure that there is a steady flow of rainwater away from your home during these storms. If they get blocked, excess rain can overflow into your home through your walls and ceiling. So, make sure to add gutter cleaning and maintenance to your to-do list!
2. Check Your Plumbing For Leaks
It is not uncommon for water leaks to go undetected. Undetected water leaks end up causing extensive and costly damage to your property. So, take some time to check for dripping or leaking faucets, and appliances. Also inspect the areas around your bathtubs, showers, sinks, and toilets. You may be surprised to find a spot that needs to be re-caulked or a pipe that needs to be tightened, repaired, or replaced.
3. Inspect Your Roof
Check your roof for any missing or loose shingles and replace them as soon as you can. Roof leaks often lead to larger issues like mold infestation. By being proactive and replacing your damaged shingles, you can be preventing any further damage that can potentially be caused by a major storm or heavy rain.
4. Install a Sump Pump
A sump pump is the home’s failsafe device. This device prevents flooding or significant water damage to your property. Its only purpose is to eliminate excess water from entering your home by leading it to a designated pond, creek, or nearby drain. Installing a sump pump is a reliable method to protect your home from rising waters from heavy storms. It is best to get these pumps installed by professionals, like our team at Restoration 1.
5. Set Up Backflow Valves
Did you know that during heavy water flow, drains and sewers can backup, forcing sewage into your sinks, appliances, and bathtubs? As a result, water then overflows causing even worse damage. A surefire way to prevent backflow is by installing plugs and valves. If you do have a sewage backup, do not try to clean it yourself. Sewage cleanup is a delicate procedure that requires licensed professionals. Our team at Restoration 1 will have the mess cleaned up, the odor eliminated, and use the proper procedures to sanitize the entire area and kill any disease-causing bacteria that may have been in the sewage.
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Whether it is from a heavy rainstorm or a burst pipe, water can ruin your property in just a matter of minutes. By taking these precautions you can save yourself from major damage in 2022.