Water Damage Prevention Tips
Encountering water damage in your home is not an ideal scenario: it is a stressful situation that you want to avoid at all costs. The cheapest and most effective way to deal with water damage, however, is to prevent the water damage in the first place. You can’t always avoid every scenario that causes water damage, but you can certainly give it your best shot. Use these prevention tips to avoid as many water damage situations as you can.
Tip 1: Keep An Eye On Gutters
Your gutters are not only important fixtures on your home, but they also are something many homeowners tend to ignore. You need to maintain them well and ensure good drainage away from your home so you don’t let water seep into your house. Clean them out every so often, especially after the Fall when there might be a lot of leaves left over and hiding out. Check the downspouts and make sure they are directed away from the house at least 5-10 feet. And try to slope your yard and landscaping away from your foundation.
Tip 2: Check Out The Sump Pump
You should test and check your sump pump at least once a year. If you have a heavy storm season, test it more often. Check for leaks and call a professional for an inspection to ensure that no matter what storms may bring, they won’t allow water to back up into your home and cause damage.
Tip 3: Repair Water Leaks
Leaks happen within every plumbing system at some point or another. If you see a pipe dripping or notice a fixture with a leak, repair it or have it repaired sooner rather than later. Some leaks are minor and no big deal, but others can indicate a larger issue that, if not addressed, could lead to water damage. Keep in mind that you can’t always see leaks when they occur. Watch for water spots on the ceilings and walls and check for darker spots under the pipes. Keep an eye on your roof as well and if there are any missing shingles, have them replaced to prevent leaks.
Tip 4: Have Inspections
You likely have your HVAC system inspected on an annual basis to ensure it is working effectively and efficiently. Nevertheless, you should have your pipes looked over to prevent water leaks and damage. These inspections cost very little compared to paying for major water damage after a pipe bursts. Professionals can spot small issues and circumvent emergencies by fixing things earlier
Call For Water Damage Help
If you already have water damage, or you want to take preventative measures, contact Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to mitigate the water damage effects. Many things can leak: water heaters, plumbing, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and more. Whatever you face, the professional plumbers can help. If at all possible, let us help you prevent any water leaks from occurring so there is no damage. If the damage has already occurred, let us make repairs so we can stop it from getting worse. It’s always best to prevent damage, but when that is not a possibility, quick repairs can stop it in its tracks and prevent worsening issues that cost even more to fix in the long run.