What You Can Do to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

February 7, 2022

You might see a small leak in your home (say, from the roof into the attic) and think it’s no big deal. Maybe you drop a bucket under the leak and wait for it to stop raining. Problem solved, right?

Not at all. The reality is that even a small leak can do an immense amount of damage to your home. Leaks can result in structural damage that can jeopardize your safety and be expensive to repair.

Let’s look at preventing leaks and how essential water damage restoration is.

Protecting the kitchen

A common problem spot for water damage is the kitchen. This is because you have many sources of water in the kitchen—the dishwasher, the sink, the ice maker, etc. Check the floors around the fridge and dishwasher routinely. If you find puddles or excess moisture, then it’s time to call in the pros. Inspect connections to the dishwasher and ice maker regularly as well to prevent leaks.

Take care of the roof

The roof is a common area that many homeowners may not realize is a problem until it’s too late. Go up to your attic regularly to make sure no water is entering the home. Keep the roof clean and free of debris like fallen branches and leaves. Whenever you note signs of damage, bring in the professionals to repair them. Failure to do so could lead to expensive water damage restoration, as leaks in the attic can cause structural damage elsewhere.

Inspect the bathroom

Just like the kitchen, the bathroom is another hotspot for leaks. Look around the edges of the sink, tub and toilet for any signs of water. If you spot any, then it’s time to have them fixed right away. The grout and seals in the tub can be an issue as well. Keeping the fixtures operating properly will protect your home from water damage.

Check plumbing for leaks

Once every few months, it’s a smart idea to check your home’s plumbing for any potential leaks. Turn off all the faucets, water valves and appliances except for the main, and then wait an hour. Go to the water meter. Is it showing that water is still being used? If so, you probably have a leak somewhere. Also, if you routinely have high water bills, this could be a sign that there’s a leak in your home.

Take care of the gutters and downspouts

Failure to keep gutters and downspouts operational can lead to water pooling around the home and damaging the foundation. Inspect the gutters each season. If there are any loose brackets, holes or other issues, then have them addressed quickly. Ensure that the connections between downspouts and gutters are secure as well.

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