Stop Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Eastern Rockland County
A new year means new opportunities to tackle some projects that can make life a little easier. This year, make one of those projects protecting your home from water damage.
By adding a few simple steps into your regular routines, you could lower your risks and save your family money by avoiding the need for costly repairs.
Water is one of the top causes of damage to private property, and a hole the size of a pin can cause complete chaos in your home. Make a resolution you can keep this year and make changes that will protect your home.
<h3causes-water-damage">What Causes Water Damage?
To prevent damage, you need to first know where it comes from. Water leaks can start on the inside or the outside of your home.
Outside, gutters and heavy downpours are common sources, while inside bathroom fixtures and large appliances often cause issues.
Pipes that have aged and worn-out or caulking that has broken down around windows can also lead to excess moisture in your home. When a leak is left unattended, it can result in mold growth or even rotted walls and floors.
Appliances that come into contact with water can begin to rust or stop working all together. The faster an issue is identified and the source is addressed, the more damages can be mitigated.
<h3to-prevent-damage">How to Prevent Damage
It only takes a little water to do a lot of damage, but there are a lot of ways to avoid complete destruction. Finding the problem early is the best way to avoid total losses, and when you are active in prevention, catching a leak will be simple.
To find water where it doesn’t belong, make a habit of checking your bathrooms and kitchen for damp spots or mold growth. When it rains, run your hand along the window seal to check for moisture. Give the kids a giggle by sniffing around the house to check for musty odors.
Take a look at your roof once a month and after wind events. Look for missing or loose shingles, and after a snowstorm moves out, feel for soft spots.
Make sure your gutters are cleared year-round, but particularly before winter storms to prevent the possibility of ice dams forming. Clean the area around the downspouts regularly as well so when the snow does melt it can flow away from your home well.
Use your yard as another way to protect your home. Keep a gentle slope away from your home built by adding soil as needed. This is another area you want to check after one of our snowstorms moves out to ensure there hasn’t been too much erosion.
Incorporating simple steps into your pre-existing housekeeping routines can save your home from damages that could lead to extensive and costly repairs later. Plus, you can pat yourself on the back for finally making a resolution you kept!
Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.