Any type of water leak in your home is not good for obvious reasons. First, the water leak starts off as a small roof leak, next a rainstorm brings tons of water and making the leak even bigger than it started out as. One thing leads to another, and now you have severe water and mold damage in your home. So how exactly do you prevent water leaks and damage from happening in the first place? Let’s discuss how to prevent water from leaking in your home and how to repair the damage once it occurs.
Find the Source Of The Water Leak To Prevent Further Damage
This may be an obvious first step, however, sometimes it can be hard to determine where the water leak originated. Depending on where it first started, the water can travel throughout your home for a long period of time before showing up. At that point, the water may have caused significant damage to the structure of your home. For example, let us say you have a roof leak. The water travels from the point of entry to the completely opposite side of your roof. This is not good as now the water started to cause even more damage than it should have. However, now it is even harder to determine where the roof leak originated from. All in all, look for any signs of water damage, more so just the spot where you found it in the first place before you begin repairing it, as the source of damage is more important to patch.
How To Prevent Water Leaks and Damage In Your Home In The First Place
There are a wide variety of things you can do to prepare your home for any type of water damage that may occur. If you maintain your home properly, you will surely prevent water leaks and damage in the future.
Repair and Maintain Your Sump Pump
We have talked a bit about sump pump and their functionalities before on our blog. We cannot stress enough, how important it is to do monthly maintenance on your pump. If you do not and it breaks during a flood, you are in for a large amount of water damage to your basement and foundation. If you want to be sure that your sump pump will function properly during a disaster such as a flood, maintain it and always make repairs to it.
Inspect Your Roof Often
Most homeowners do not take the time to inspect their roofs as often as they can. However, in doing so you are putting your home at risk for possible roof leaks. Make it a point to climb up to your roof and inspect for any possible sign of a roof leak. This includes looking for missing shingles and damaged shingles mainly. You should also go into your attic to inspect for any water damage that may be occurring if there are no signs of roof damage while on top of your roof.
While You Are On Your Roof, Clean Out Your Gutters
Another way water can find its way into your home is if your gutters are not properly maintained. Any clogs from leaves, sticks, shingle debris, etc. can really prevent water from flowing properly, which makes it easy for water to get into your home and cause damage. We recommend cleaning out your gutters at least once a month or two.
Check Your HVAC System Often
We have written about HVAC systems on our blogs before, as they can easily cause significant water damage to your home if they are not kept up with properly. Bottom line – if you keep up with the repairs, you will not see any water damage from your HVAC.
Check The Siding Of Your Home
Every once in a while, especially after a storm, check the side of your home for any damage to your siding. Once water gets into the foundation of your home from the siding, it can cause a whole host of other issues, in particular mold damage. Mold spreads fast and it can be hard to stop once it does spread. So, if you want to prevent both water and mold damage, check your siding and make any necessary repairs.
Need Water Leak and Damage Repair? Contact Rhode Island Restoration!
It can be very hard to prevent water leaks and damage, which is why you may need a professional restoration company like us that can repair any damage to your home. When you call us, we will be ready to repair your home when you need us! We offer free consultations for any water damage to your home. Better yet, we offer a wide variety of services if there is more than just water damage. At the end of the day, we are here to help you, just as we helped many homeowners with similar incidents for over 18+ years. If you know anyone or have been affected by water damage, do not hesitate to contact us. Call us today at 401-414-1111 for a free quote and with any questions, you may have.