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Safeguarding Your Home: Preventing Water Damage and SERVPRO's Solutions

10/24/2023 (Permalink)

Water damage is a nightmare, and it often strikes when least expected. When the home is your peaceful place, it's disheartening to see it disrupted by leaks, floods, or structural damage. SERVPRO understands the stress and is dedicated to helping you safeguard your property. In this guide, we'll explore ten ways to prevent water damage, both affordable and more costly, while shedding light on how SERVPRO can assist when things go wrong.

1. Mindful Planting

Unseen root damage can lead to costly plumbing repairs.

So, plan your landscaping to avoid invasive root systems near water lines, drainage fields, and pipes. Consult with a landscaper for tree selection and planting locations to mitigate the risk.

Planning your landscaping to avoid invasive root systems near water lines, drainage fields, and pipes is crucial. But what if you cannot afford professional landscaping or your property already has established trees with invasive roots? In such cases, consider installing root barriers. These physical barriers can be buried around problem trees to redirect root growth away from water lines, preventing costly damage.

2. Clean Gutters

Clogged gutters cause water to seep into foundations, roofs, and basements.

So, regularly clean your gutters to prevent overflow during rainfall. Hiring professionals for gutter maintenance ensures thorough cleaning, especially for hard-to-reach spots.

Still, regularly cleaning gutters can be time-consuming and challenging, especially for multi-story homes. If you find cleaning gutters to be a daunting task, consider investing in gutter guards. These protective systems can prevent debris from entering the gutter, significantly reducing the need for frequent cleaning. While they require an initial investment, they can save you time and effort in the long run.

3. Use a Drain Snake

Chemical drain cleaners can damage pipes, leading to leaks.

So, invest in an affordable drain snake. These tools effectively clear clogs without harming pipes, making them a safer and cost-effective alternative to chemical cleaners.

If using a drain snake is a concern, consider an alternative like enzymatic drain cleaners. These products use natural enzymes to break down clogs over time, minimizing the risk of pipe damage. While they may not work as quickly as a drain snake, they can be a more user-friendly option.

4. Proper Disposal of Grease

Pouring grease down the sink can lead to blockages and pipe damage.

So, instead of pouring grease down the sink, let it cool and solidify in a container, then dispose of it in the trash. This simple step can save you from costly plumbing repairs.

For some, disposing of grease in a container and putting it in the refrigerator might seem unhygienic or inconvenient. If you are concerned about the hygiene or inconvenience of storing solidified grease, consider using disposable grease bags or containers designed for safe grease disposal. These products seal tightly, ensuring no mess or odor, and can be thrown away with your regular trash.

5. Install a Sump Pump

Basements and crawl spaces are prone to flooding.

So, installing a sump pump can prevent water damage in lower areas of your home. They are relatively affordable and automatically remove excess water, offering peace of mind during heavy rainfall.

Easy enough, but the cost and disruption of installing a sump pump, especially in a finished basement, can be a deterrent. If the cost of installing a sump pump or concerns about the disruption of a finished basement are preventing you from taking this step, consider a water-powered backup sump pump. They are less expensive and can be installed with minimal disturbance. While they might not handle extensive flooding like traditional sump pumps, they can provide valuable peace of mind in milder situations.

6. Inspect and Maintain Your Roof

Roof leaks are a common source of water damage.

So, regularly inspect your roof for damaged shingles or signs of wear. Timely repairs can prevent costly interior water damage.

Even so, roof inspections might be challenging for those uncomfortable with heights. If you're not comfortable inspecting your roof, hire a professional roofing contractor for regular inspections. The cost of occasional professional maintenance can save you money on costly interior repairs in the long run. If you have a friend willing to do this for you, even better!

7. Check for Leaky Appliances

Faulty appliances can lead to water damage.

So, inspect appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators for leaks. Replace worn hoses or gaskets promptly to prevent costly repairs.

Be aware, identifying leaks early can be challenging without regular inspections. If you're worried about missing appliance leaks, consider investing in smart water leak detectors. These devices can alert you to leaks in real-time, allowing you to address them promptly and prevent extensive damage.

8. Seal Windows and Doors

Poorly sealed openings can allow water infiltration.

So, seal gaps around windows and doors to prevent rainwater from seeping inside. Weatherstripping and sealants are cost-effective options.

For some, weatherproofing can seem time-consuming or complex. Weatherstripping kits and sealants are readily available at hardware stores and are designed for ease of use. They come with clear instructions and can be an affordable and effective way to seal gaps around windows and doors.

9. Maintain Your HVAC System

Neglected HVAC systems can lead to condensation and water damage.

So, schedule regular HVAC maintenance to ensure the system functions efficiently. Clean and replace filters as needed.

That said, HVAC maintenance can be overlooked or forgotten. Consider subscribing to a regular maintenance schedule with an HVAC technician. Many companies offer plans like this to make sure you don't forget. They can ensure your system operates efficiently, helping prevent issues like condensation and water damage.

10. Monitor Your Water Bill

Undetected leaks can result in higher water bills and damage.

So, pay attention to your water bill and sudden spikes, as they can indicate hidden leaks. Address them promptly to prevent extensive water damage.

Because monitoring water bills can be a task easily overlooked, set up water usage alerts with your utility company or install smart water meters that can detect unusual water consumption patterns. This technology makes it easier to identify hidden leaks promptly.

When Water Damage Strikes

Even with preventive measures, things happen. If your home faces water damage, SERVPRO is available 24/7 to provide expert solutions. They specialize in water damage restoration, helping you recover your home swiftly, minimizing damage and stress. For immediate assistance, call SERVPRO today.

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