How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Preventing Water Damage In Your Home

As a homeowner, you have to make sure you’re doing routine maintenance on your home. This includes regularly inspecting your plumbing to ensure you are preventing any potential water damage. From a burst pipe to an overflowing sink or a leaky toilet, water leaks are bound to happen in your home. Water damage is a huge hazard and can happen to a home, old or new, at any time and, if left untreated, can get worse over time. Be on the lookout for these few signs to help prevent significant damage in your home. 

Clean Your Gutters

Half the time we forget about cleaning our gutters, to be fair, nobody wants to do this job. When we do remember, we only make a point to clean them about once a year. If we took the time out to clean our gutters at least once a month, it would help prevent any potential water damage to our home. 

Check Your Roof

Whenever you plan on cleaning your gutters, you might want to do an entire roof inspection while you’re up there. The most significant water damage issue in homes is through the roof. By monitoring and replacing loose shingles, you’ll help prevent water damage to your roof that can sometimes go unnoticed. It might also be helpful to install downspout extensions to keep rainwater flowing away from your home. This will keep water from seeping through foundation cracks and help prevent it from getting into your basement.

Maintain Your Sump Pump

Always making sure your sump pump is operating correctly will save you money in the long run. Sump pumps keep your basement dry during intense summer rains. That is why it is essential to maintain your sump pumps because you could be left with a significant amount of standing water in your basement if it breaks. 

Regular Home Inspections

Keeping up with your home’s plumbing system is essential to preventing severe water damage down the line. By doing this, you’ll be able to locate water leak issues as they surface. The key to avoiding water damage is catching it before it happens. This way, a routine repair won’t turn into a significant expense. 

Consider Water Damage Insurance 

Water damage is sneaky. It can creep up on you when you least expect it and cause major damage to your home and everything in it. Hidden damage from water leaks can bloom mold, mildew, and rot wood in the floors, ceilings, and walls. If you have water damage coverage in your homeowner’s insurance, this is a great backup plan for those just in case moments. 

Call a Professional 

If you follow these routine maintenance procedures, it can help you save a lot of time and money in the future. If you fear that you are on the verge of encountering water damage to any part of your home, then it might be time to call in a professional. Stephen’s Plumbing is here to help you get your home’s plumbing system back on track. Contact us today and schedule an appointment.