How To Prevent And Detect Water Damage In Your Home

Water is crucial for life, yet water damage to a home can also lead to wood rot, peeling paint, insect infestation, shorter lifespan of roofing and siding, generating high maintenance and repair costs.

Leaking roof

Water damage can happen when you least expect it. Learn how to detect water damage warning signs in and around your home. Follow these tips to prevent water damage and avoid future costly repairs. Keeping on top of potential water problems can save you a lot of money.

Ensure good drainage
  • Clean your gutters - keep them free of debris and leaves
  • Direct downspouts 5-10' away from the house
  • Adjust gutters capacity - if water overflows the gutters after a few minutes of heavy rain, install additional downspouts
  • Slope your yard and landscaping away from the foundation
Clogged gutter

Drain subsurface groundwater and storm water with a sump pump
  • A battery backup system is recommended. The sump pump should discharge as far away from the house as possible
  • Check your sump pump once a year
  • Test more frequently during storm season
Fix water leaks
  • Repair any noticeable dripping pipes
  • Check for dark spots under pipes and on ceilings
  • Repair any cracked caulking
  • Ensure the exterior materials of your home are properly constructed and maintained.  Inspect the roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles
Leaking pipe

Prepare your home
  • Check the attic for holes, air leaks or bypasses from the house and make sure there is enough insulation to keep house heat from escaping
  • Prepare your basement against a water backup by raising your washer, dryer, water heater, all electrical wiring and personal items above typical water backup levels
  • The relative humidity in your home should be between 30% and 50%. Use the air conditioning system to remove the excess humidity
  • Replace drywalls immediately if any signs of moisture are present
Act quickly if water damage occurs and address the problem thoroughly. Unattended water usually results in structural failure and/or mold growth. Consult with a licensed building professional to determine the extent of the repairs necessary. Swift action will help minimize the time and expense for repairs, resulting in a faster recovery.

2 comments:

  1. Adjust gutters capacity - if water overflows the gutters after a few minutes of heavy rain, install additional downspoutsfire

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  2. The first picture is an absolute disaster with that much water coming from the ceiling! Most people forget your advice under the first picture to clean their gutters regularly to keep them properly maintained. Water can get stuck in your gutters and start causing some water damage on your roof if you're not careful. I'll be sure to watch out for these preventable tips to avoid any water damage on my roof. Thanks!
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