With record flooding across the country, homeowners are more concerned than ever about protecting their homes from water damage. Water damage can destroy your personal possession, jeopardize your home’s infrastructure, and attract pests and foster the growth of toxic mold. Though water damage for severe flooding cannot always be avoided, there are some things you can do around your home to reduce your risks of flood and minimize the damage of weather-related flooding. Here are four expert tips to protect your home from water damage.
1. Inspect Your Roof Seasonally:
Your home’s roof is fully exposed to the elements. Although they are designed to last a long time, severe weather events can degrade the integrity of your roof. A good idea is to inspect your roof after every season for any signs of damage. Look for any broken or missing shingles, cracks or loose flashing, and large chunks of debris. You can also check your ceiling for any signs of water leakage. Repair any damage as soon as you spot it, even if it is minor. That will ensure that a small issue doesn’t become a big problem later.
2. Clean Your Gutters At Least Twice A Year:
Gutters help direct water away from your roof and your house. When gutters are clean and clear, they function well and can protect your home from heavy rains. It’s a good idea to clean your gutters a minimum of twice a year. You should try to do it after trees have dropped their leaves in the Fall and in the Springtime to clean up after any flowers or wind-blown debris. It’s also a good idea to clean them after any major storm.
3. Seal Your Home:
Sealing your home can help keep excess water out. Silicone sealant or caulk is waterproof and flexible, so it can be very handy. Apply it to your windows and door seals, to ensure that water doesn’t come in during a storm. Also apply it to bathtubs, sinks, drains, and other plumbing fixtures. Finally, you should consider having a professional treat and seal any cracks in your foundation where water can seep through.
4. Monitor Your Plumbing:
Though plumbing is also built to last, pipes, fittings, and fixtures can all degrade and erode over time. These can lead to leaks, cracking, and ultimately burst pipes that can cause flooding. It’s a smart idea to have your plumbing cleared every year by a professional, that way any corrosion agents or blocks can be handled before they become massive issues. Finally, check all the hoses on your appliances. These wear out and well and can lead to leaks and flooding if not replaced when damaged.
These tips will help you reduce your risk of flooding. However, even the most diligent homeowner can still experience flooding in their homes. In those cases, Renew Restoration can help. Locally-owned and operated, we are fully IICRC-certified and can handle any water damage from small leaks to catastrophic flooding. Call us today to learn more!