Basic Tips On How To Protect Your Home Against Possible Water Damage

Water damage resulting from leaks can be extensive, causing you to have to throw away personal possessions such as furniture, books, shoes, and other items. Depending on the severity of water damage, it can cause wood floors, cabinets, and walls to warp and swell. Water should be removed immediately in order to prevent mold and other microbial organisms from growing in the home. Below are are a few basic tips that can aid you in protecting your home against possible water related damage.

Gutters And Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts are designed to push water away from your house to prevent flooding. However, if they are clogged with leaves, sticks, and bird nests, the water can get backed up and cause the gutters to break away from the house. If the downspouts and gutters are not in working order, it is also possible for water to pour into the roof or basement foundation of your home. In order to prevent this from happening you should climb onto the roof and check the gutters and downspouts for debris and clean them out.

Plants And Trees

Plants and trees such as weeping willows can have very long roots, which can grow underground and disrupt your drainage systems or septic tanks. The roots have the ability to grow into nearby piping systems, including underground sprinklers, pipes, and sewer systems and septic tanks. It is essential that you located the water lines that run into your home before adding plants or trees. This will allow you to add the plants and trees away from the water lines.

Water Pipes

Leaky water pipes hidden in your walls or the floors in your home can create a lot of damage. Unfortunately, it is possible for the leaks go unnoticed until an extensive amount of damage has been created, due to the location of the faulty water pipes. For this reason, it is essential that you monitor your water bill for any fluctuations in usage activity. If you notice that the bill has increased significantly, it is a possible indicator that you have a leaky water pipe. Consider consulting with a plumber to find the location of the damaged water pipes.

These are only a few tips that can aid you in preventing water damage to your home. However, you can also avoid possible water damage by avoiding putting food down your sink if you don't have a working garbage disposal. Grease can corrode pipes and should not be poured down the sink even if you have a garbage disposal. It may be beneficial to consult with a contractor, if your home suffers from water damage and you are unsure of the cause. After identifying the issue, consider contacting a water damage professional, such as On-Site Restoration.