Water is your home’s worst enemy. From floods to pipe leaks and condensation, the presence of water in your home can only lead to bad news. Here are the most common causes of water damage:
- Leaking or burst pipes
- Floods and other extreme weather events
- Groundwater that finds its way into your foundation or walls
- Damage to your roof
- Faulty dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances
Some signs of water damage are obvious. For example, if your roof is damaged by a storm, you can quickly address this with a roof replacement. But there are signs that are less obvious until you start looking, such as:
- Floors that are beginning to warp because of water penetration
- The smell of mold
- Paint peeling from your walls
- Pooling water in your yard or on flat roofs
- Discoloration or sagging in walls and ceilings
You can protect your home from water damage. Here are some of the most effective ways to do it:
Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clean
It’s easy to forget about your gutters, especially if they’re new. But don’t wait for overflowing water to tell you that your gutter system isn’t working right. Clean your gutters and downspouts to prevent clogging. If they’re clogged and water is overflowing, your gutter system is useless, and this can lead to foundation damage, basement flooding, damage to windows, soffits, fascia and siding. If it’s winter, clogged gutters can lead to ice dam foundation that can damage your roof.
Inspect Your Roof
A few leaves on your roof are fine, but if there’s a buildup, you have to remove it. It harbors moisture, which is bad for your roof. Check your roof as well for missing shingles or shingles that don’t look like they’ll last long anymore. Discoloration from blue-green algae is only an aesthetic problem, but the presence of moss should be addressed.
Seal Any Leaks
This isn’t just for roofs, but also for your walls, especially the areas around your windows and doors. Use caulk or seals to address little cracks or holes. Check your ceiling fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, backsplashes, drains, faucet, and other plumbing fixtures to make sure nothing is leaking. Use 100% silicon to seal leaks and prevent water damage over time.
Have Your Plumbing Inspected
Your pipes shouldn’t freeze during winter. If they do, it’s a good idea to find ways to thaw them out. Don’t turn off your heat at night. Instead, lower the thermostat by about eight degrees. If you have plumbing concerns, it’s best to call a professional plumber.
Prepare Your Basement
Your basement should have a sump pump at the ready as well as a backwater valve. Seal the walls and floor to prevent seepage. If your basement gets flooded, don’t ignore it. Call a professional to resolve the problem.
The common sources of water damage can be prevented, but sometimes, it just happens. You can be ready for it, though. Make sure to call a good renovation company like Summit Renovation to help you. We also deal with multi-family rehabs.