Water Damage In Homes
Ways to Prevent and Address!
It may be a little premature to say April Showers Bring May Flowers but with the up coming notoriously rainy month we wanted to share a few tips on How to Prevent Water Damage and things to do if you see a water leak!
Water leaks can be caused by several things:
- Frozen Water Pipes
- Sewer Back Up
- Leak in Window/Foundation
- Tree Roots growing through cracks in the Waterlines
- Damage in Roof
- Damage in Siding
- Improper Grading around property
Things to know when you see a leak:
- Don’t turn on any Electrical
- Keep obstructions away from Drains
- Identify the source of the leak
- Move Objects away from the source of the leak
- The leak could be a fluke due to heavy rain or snow melting however further inspection is recommended
Steps to Prevent Water Damage:
- Keep your Roof in Good condition! Not addressing a water leak initially can cause more harm than good with cracking of ceilings and water seeping into structural beams.
- Frequently inspect gutters and Downspouts
- Check Windows for signs of Water damage- repair or replace caulk, weather stripping, glazing etc
- Frequently inspect appliances to ensure they are in working order. Oddly enough a dishwasher leak is more common than you think and cause immediate visible floor damage!
- Check for Structural Problems. Spongy Beams or Rafters may be a result of previous Water Damage. Spotting these in time can save thousands of dollars!
- Install back flow valves in things like toilettes to avoid water entering the house
- Elevate Mechanicals such as: Furnace/Hot Water Tank etc
- Install a Sump Pump
- Inspect Siding
Happy Friday everyone and hopefully the rain goes away!
For questions about your home don’t hesitate to contact our team!
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The Fresh Approach Real Estate Team with Keller Williams Realty Solutions,
Allana Thompson, Christy D’Oliveira, Kyrsten Feere
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