Aside from fire, water damage can also be your worst nightmare and can bring you down on your knees with repair costs. Worse, when left untreated, it can cause significant health issues and accidents. There are several things you can do to prevent water damage to your home.
Protecting your home can help you stay dry and safe no matter what nature has in store for you, and you can do things like simple checks to a more complicated waterproofing like installing roof deck systems that require professional help.
What causes water damage?
Water damage can start from simple leaks and start collecting itself where it’s not supposed to be. Typical situations where water gets collected are:
· Leaking pipes
· Extreme weather
· Broken appliances that use water (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.)
· Malfunctioning HVAC system
· Drainage system
· Roofing damage
· Wall cracks
When water gets collected over time, it promotes and expedites wear and tear where it is. Some signs are too obvious to ignore and usually goes down under your priority list. Here are some signs when water has made its way to places it’s not meant to visit:
· Strong, musty smell
· Peeling paints
· Sagging areas in your ceiling or wall
· Uneven areas on the floor
· Stains or discoloration in some parts of the ceiling
Water damage can cause serious trouble, like weakening your home’s foundation. Cracks will eventually go longer and wider posing serious physical threats, and mold growth can be a serious health hazard. Now that you know the signs, it’s time to start protecting your home.
Check the roof
Your house’s first line of defense against everything the sky throws at you is your roof. Make sure to check your roof regularly.
Check for noticeable signs of damage like broken or missing tiles or shingles. If a ceiling spot is present, better to start checking around the roof on top of it. If at all possible, get professional help for roof inspection, especially if you have a large one to cover.
Clean the gutters
Clogged drainage can cause water to stay in that area and may cause them to weaken your foundation and lead to cracks and uneven settling. Clean your gutters once every spring and fall and also after bad weathers to ensure no fallen debris gets collected along your gutters.
You should consider installing gutter guards to protect it from leaves, twigs and other debris.
Check your windows
Checking your windows is regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. Check if they need sealing or caulking. Choose a 100% silicon-based caulk and avoid that acrylic caulk that shrinks allowing water to seep over time.
Check your pipes
Aside from your windows, check to see if your pipes are leak free and apply caulk if necessary. If you find water anywhere near pipes, check to see where it is coming from and carefully trace and observe if its something reoccurring.
It is recommended to check your pipes at least once a year and keep an eye out for rusts and water stains.
Check your downspouts
Gutter drainage takes the water down your downspouts and away from your home. A good, clean, working gutter drainage keeps water away from your gutters and checking to see a good outflow from your downspouts guarantee it.
However, downspouts (and the area around it) should also be checked regularly as water tends to dig away the area and create a puddle that could collect water around it. You may also consider installing a drainage pipe if water keeps collecting itself around your house through the downspouts.
Doing simple checks and quick fixes can save your home from severe water damage. Ignoring these simple steps can make you spend more on damages that are could be beyond repair and may cost you more money and inconvenience.
The best way to protect your home from water damage is to fix it right away when you notice it before it gets worse.