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Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

After a storm, most homeowners have problems with water damage. Unlike any other type of damage, water damage can hit the core strength of your home, which can result in serious structural damage. When that happens, your home will need expensive renovations and repairs. Water damage can weaken the foundation of your home, but there are ways you can prevent water damage from affecting your home.

Have regular roof maintenance
Your roof shields your home against external elements so it is important to maintain its good condition. Call a professional to check on your roof twice a year, especially before and after a storm. Make sure you have a good drainage system. Before the storm season starts, inspect your gutters and have it cleaned and/or repaired, if needed. Remove all the debris that could possibly clog it. The proper downspouts should be 5-10 feet away from your home.

Get yourself familiar with the main water valve
As a homeowner, it is important to know where the main water supply valve is located in case you encounter a plumbing emergency. Always turn off your home’s entire water supply before going on a vacation or leaving your home for a long period of time. The least that you would want to happen is to come home and find out that your entire home is flooded with water due to a broken pipe.

Fix water leaks immediately
Some people may disregard leaks, especially if they seem small or minor. Remember, big leaks start with small leaks. Repair any dripping pipes and leaks as soon as you notice them. Check your ceilings for any dark spots. Also, check your roofing and make sure there are no missing or damaged shingles. Any leaks left untreated can promote mold growth and staining, which will further damage your walls and flooring.

Inspect your appliances regularly
Your appliances like washing machines, air-conditioning systems, water heaters, dishwashers, and other water-related fixtures are not immune to the bursting of pipes and leakage. To make sure that these appliances will not cause havoc to your home, regularly check them for any signs of problems. Damp odors, stains on your walls and floors, and mold growth on your appliances are signs that the water is leaking from the fixture.

Keep track of your water bill
Sometimes, water infiltration on your home shows no signs but then things go from zero to a hundred quickly. Your home is flooded and the problem has spiraled out of control. Keeping track with your water bill is a great way to monitor the condition of your home’s water supply. An unusually high water bill may be an early sign that there is something wrong somewhere in your water pipes.