Water damage is a serious issue in many homes. Even small amounts of water can cause big problems. A small water leak could lead to mold growth and peeling wallpaper or bowing floors. Larger sources of water, such as floods, can also lead to electrical damage and structural damage. Protecting your home against water damage is integral to keeping you and your family safe.
Be Aware of Water Damage Sources
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to preventing water damage. Keep an eye on the weather in your area. If you know there’s going to be a big storm, make sure you stock up on sandbags and have your gutters cleaned out. It’s also important to have regular home inspections to ensure that your doors and windows are properly sealed. You can’t always look for a leak or burst behind a wall, but if you spot any discoloration in your walls or bubbling in your wallpaper, have the area inspected for water.
If your basement is prone to water damage, you can use a drainage system to help keep the water away. Sub pumps can be placed near leak and flood sources to remove the water as soon as it enters. Floor drains can help remove water that may leak up into your home from water-retaining soil. Installing drainage in your lower levels is one of the best ways to prevent damage from leaks and floods.
Use Plastic Storage
Preventing water from coming into contact with clothes, books, and other goods is best done by storing them in water-tight plastic containers. Placing the containers on high shelving will double the protection they receive. However, if you have objects that you can’t place in plastic storage, you can use the plastic boxes to create shelving for them. The plastic will protect the items inside and prevent the water from rising to the objects on top.
The plumbing in your home is an important aspect of keeping your home safe and dry. Old or broken plumbing breaks more easily and is more susceptible to bursts. Getting your plumbing inspected and replaced regularly can help you avoid these problems. With updated plumbing, you’re less likely to experience water leaks and floods, which will help prevent damage to your home.
Roof Replacement for Water Damage
Your roof is a main part of your home’s structural integrity. You need to replace your roof at least every 20 years, and perform regular maintenance on it in the meantime. As water, snow, and leaves build up, parts of your roof can become weak, leading to leaks and floods that can damage your home.
HS Restoration is dedicated to helping homes and families prevent and repair water damage in their homes. If you want to prevent water from damaging your house, give us a call at 609-614-3271. Our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to any emergency water situation. We’ll get your home cleaned and repaired as quickly and efficiently as possible.