Water damage can be very costly, and fortunately, it can sometimes be prevented. Paying attention to the aches and pains of your home is important to maintaining its well-being. Just like a person, your home should be taken care of, so that it will last longer.
The wintertime and summertime can lead to water damage depending on where you live. Snow, ice and stormy weather are all culprit for initiating leaks in your roof and walls. If you live in a location where it runs a lot during the summer, you are likely going to face saturation problems with your building materials. Read on to learn a couple of tips for preventing water damage from occurring to your property.
1. Go over your insurance policy to make sure that it covers flooding to all parts of your home. You may be surprised to find out that not all areas are under your coverage. Floor insurance tends to be very specific, so make sure to read the fine print and/or talk to your insurance agent.
2. Have your sump pump checked out by a professional. It’s a good idea to have this done annually. If you don’t have a sump pump, but live in an area where damp basements are an issue, you should look into having one installed. It will save you trouble later on.
3. A backup battery is a good thing to have, especially if you need your sump pump working through power outages caused by cold and/or wet weather. It’s not uncommon for outages to last days. Not too long ago, New York had an outage for weeks, so don’t take any chances.
4. Remember to clean out your downspouts and gutters every time spring rolls around. You may need to do it more often if you have certain trees around your home that shed a lot. It can be a dirty job, but when done, your gutters will redirect loads of water from your home, preventing leaks.
5. Create a landscape that is slanted away from your home. For instance, you can have it drop down an inch for about three feet or more, so that when it rains, the water will roll down the hill you created.
6. Find and seal any cracks in the floor of your basement. Make sure to use a good waterproof sealer made for concrete.
7. Window covers can be installed over the basement window wells to keep water from seeping in.
8. During years with heavy snow winters, you should shovel the snow three to five feet away from your home’s foundation because when the snow melts, it will flow down.
With proper maintenance and prevention methods, you can keep your home safe from water damage and in the event that it does, at least you will have insurance coverage. When all else fails, you can hire the professionals from CA Green Remodeling to provide you with water damage restoration services.