You can’t prevent everything, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
In this blog post we’re going to look at the 7 things you can do to prevent water damage from happening in your home. You’ll be glad you read all 7, as some of them aren’t readily known.
We hope these items help you from experiencing a nasty water damage situation.
Clean your gutters.
In the Spring as the snow melts, clogged gutters prevent proper draining, and that water can end up in your home. So, be sure to clean out your gutters this Fall to prevent any clogging in the Spring.
Turn off water spigots.
Be sure to turn off your outside water spigots. When these are not turned off, the water within the spigot can freeze, potentially causing a burst or cracked pipe. Thus, when you turn your water back on in the Spring there can be leaks within your home’s walls.
Blow out your irrigation system.
We highly recommend having your irrigation system blown out in the Fall. Much like the water spigots listed above, if you don’t fully remove water from your irrigation system you run the risk of weakening or bursting a pipe. This can cause damage to your yard and home.
Check your attic.
When’s the last time you had your attic inspected for insulation leaks? An attic sealup is a good idea because it prevents moisture buildup that can cause ice dams to build outside of your home. When the ice melts, often times that water runs directly into the home, causing damage.
Prepare your sump pump.
Does your sump pump have a battery backup? In many storm related situations (with lots of rain), power to your home can be halted. A battery backup for your sump pump can save you from major water damage.
Find the water shutoff valve.
If everyone in your home (including your kids) doesn’t know where the emergency water shut off valve is, you should tell them. Water damage doesn’t operate on your schedule, and you’ll be amazed how much can be prevented by simply shutting off the main water supply.
Plan for travel.
Like we mentioned above, water damage doesn’t operate on your schedule. With this in mind, be extra prepared if you travel for significant periods of time (talking to you snowbirds). Have someone routinely checking on your home who also knows emergency contacts in case of a bad situation (insurance agent, restoration company, etc.).
While we hope these items help you from experiencing a nasty water damage situation, we also realize you can’t prevent everything. If you do have the unfortunate experience to have water damage, please give our team a call right away.
The first 48 hours are crucial to saving and restoring your home.
-Green Clean Team