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How to Prevent Your Home from Water Damage

Safety and Precautions

Water Damage is a very expensive disaster in residential and commercial properties but it becomes a really big headache when it affects your home. It can cause structural damage to your house and sometimes it can destroy all of the contents if we are a little bit late after the leakage or flooding in the house.

Preparation is the most important step to prevent water damage with the right insurance coverage. However, being proactive and understanding the basic characteristics of proper safety practices can be the key to surviving from water damage as listed below:

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1. Inspect Your Water Supply Pipes Regularly

It is very important to check water supply pipes regularly that are physically visible. Water supply pipes connected to appliances like refrigerators, laundry machines, dishwashers, or other appliances can be burst or possibility of failure. Please be aware when any of those appliances are not working due to any malfunction and not being in use then you should close the shutdown valve to a specific unit. If you see leaking nearby these appliances then try to fix them as soon as possible as it may reason of mold or other contamination. Plumbers can inspect and maintain pipes that are invisible. Turn off the valve for water supply for garage or backyard or sprinkler system.

2. Maintenance of Roof

The roof protects the house from sun, rainwater, or storm, which is very important to maintain in a timely manner. It is advisable to get up on the roof regularly to check possible damages such as broken shingles, cracked roof vents, and others. And as the roof does its job as the main defense, the gutter’s main purpose is to collect excess water from the roof and lead its way out of your property or home. It is important to keep it clear and clean because when the gutters get blocked, excess water from the roof might overflow down the side of your home or, if possible, into your basement instead of away from your house. This incident might lead to foundation damage and/or roof leaks.

3. Sealed Cracks in Basement Foundation

Seal cracks in your foundation walls and basement floors. This is a simple way to help reduce the risk of basement water damage. In most cases, existing cracks can be sealed from the inside of your home without having to dig around your foundation.

4. Do Proper Landscaping

The landscaping made your house beautiful and the modern design helps to fix the flow away of rainy water or water melted from snow from your house. Water should not standby near your house foundation if water stands near walls or foundation then there is a chance for a leakage into the basement.

5. Fix the Windows and Doors

Window leaks happen. They happen for many reasons. Windows leak because they are old, they have a product defect, improper installation, they are damaged, and they can leak for a variety of additional reasons. The key is to prevent windows from leaking in the first place because of the potential damage they can cause. The water slowly can go into the foundation or mold can grow where the water stands are.

6. Basement Windows Wells

Basement window wells are designed with gravel at the bottom to allow water collecting in them to drain away. However, over time, dirt, leaves, and other debris will collect in the wells every year. Over time, this will compromise a window well's ability to drain water away, and the window wells will begin to fill with rain and ice. This creates puddles of water against your basement windows and water leaks into your home.

When basement windows leak, they not only flood the home but leave large, unsightly stains on the walls and floors. The stains can be from mud, or from rust from the metal frames. Either way, it's not attractive!

7. Shut down The Main Water Supply

It is really important to know where is main water supply shut down valve located in the house. In case of any emergency, you should run to close this valve to make sure to stop further damages to the property.

Shut down The Main Water Supply