Like any home, your dwelling is susceptible to water damage. Homeowners, however, are far from defenseless. You can prevent water damage in your home by implementing a few changes inside and outside your property.
It’s a given that most homeowners would rather not be a part of the 14,000 homes in the US that undergo a water damage emergency each year.
How to Prevent Water Damage
1. Install Moisture Sensors
Make use of current technology to keep your home dry. Install moisture sensors, an advantageous household investment. Battery powered moisture detectors can be installed in areas where leaks are possible yet will often go unnoticed, like the basement. When the sensor probes come into contact with water, an alert goes off, informing you via a smartphone or alarm that moisture is present.
Moisture detectors are especially ideal if you are out of town and water seeps into your home. Homeowners have the ability to control the water to the home remotely. Alternately, the water supply to the washing machine, water heater or other appliance can be automatically shut off by an activated water sensor.
2. Schedule Plumbing Inspections
Even in a home you’ve lived in for years, plumbing issues notoriously arise. Schedule annual plumbing inspections to help avert potential water damage. A certified plumber can diagnose issues before they burst into expensive problems. For example, a licensed plumber will pinpoint the water heater’s worn pressure valves, so replacements can be made in the nick of time.
Sewage pipes, too, can undergo wear and tear. Avoid a nasty sewage pipe break by replacing the pipes well beforehand. Slowly developing leaks and clogs can be caught early when a plumber investigates your entire household plumbing system.
3. Properly Dispose of Cooking Oils
Kitchen drains are known to experience clogs when cooking oils, fats, and greases are haphazardly poured down the sink. While initially seeming harmless, the liquid greases and fats solidify once they are in the cold, darkened recesses of the drain pipes, leading to backed up sinks. Properly dispose of kitchen grease in the trash to prevent pipe blockages. Or, recycle the cooking grease, reusing the immensely flavorful oils in cooking or turning the grease into biodiesel fuel.
4. Schedule an Annual Sump Pump Test
Basements flood rather easily. In fact, 98 percent of household basements in the US will undergo water damage at some point during their occupancy. Perform an annual sump pump test to help reduce the chances of a flooded basement. In storm season, test the unit’s operability more frequently. Keep your basement dry by installing a battery powered backup sump pump or generator. In the event of a power outage, which is likely to occur during the height of a merciless rainstorm, the sump pump will continue to function.
5. Clean the Gutter
Outside, clean the gutter twice a year and more often if your home is situated near trees. Natural debris, like twigs and decaying leaves, can clog the gutter. A blocked gutter drives the overflow of water into the home’s siding, causing water damage to both the siding and foundation.
While you are maintaining the gutter system, ensure the downspout properly directs water at least 5 to 10 feet away from the home’s foundation. Water pooling around the foundation is undesirable if you want to protect your home from water damage.
6. Create a Slope in the Yard
In addition, protect your home’s foundation with a sloped yard. Grounds that are sloped allow water to drain away from the foundation. Similar to a downspout directing water away from the foundation, a sloped yard prevents ground water from having the opportunity to saturate foundation walls. Water that continually permeates the foundation can lead to cracked masonry and leaks in the foundation structure.
If your yard fails to feature a slope, grade the yard to ensure proper drainage. You can achieve this DIY project with a wheelbarrow full of topsoil and planting new grass on top of the newly built slope.
Soil erosion can lead to water damage. Plant vegetation and landscape the area around your home to minimize soil erosion.
7. Shovel Snow Away from the Property
In the winter months, shovel snow away from the property. Snowmelt can seep into the foundation and lead to leaks and water damage.
Replace missing or damaged roof shingles right away. Roof maintenance is key to keeping a dry home. Rainwater or snowmelt can infiltrate the home through a faulty roof, leading to ugly water stains along the ceilings and walls.
8. Fix Leaks Right Away
Fix any leaks immediately. A small water pipe crack of 1/8 of an inch can unleash 250 gallons of water daily. Over 200 gallons of water is wasted each day that a leaky toilet goes unrepaired.
The insurance industry spends roughly $2.5 billion annually to address water damage and mold. Plus, homeowners’ water damage insurance claims average $6965 per year.
Water Damage Restoration
Water damage prevention is the best action against destructive water damage. In the wake of water damage, homeowners are set back financially and inconvenienced for a period of time. Fortunately, Target Restoration takes the hassle out of restoring water damaged properties. As a trusted water damage restoration expert, Target Restoration immediately dispatches a team of specialists to the affected premises to begin restoring the property. Water damage tends to spread quickly, so our technicians are swift in their response.
Our skilled water damage restoration technicians assess the water damage and develop a restoration plan. Included in our services is drying of the space thoroughly with powerful dehumidifiers and air movers. Mapping techniques help pinpoint hidden sources of moisture.
We also utilize moisture detectors to ensure the property is completely dry and dehumidified. Ozone treatments or other deodorization techniques are employed to eliminate musty odors that result from the water damage and mold growth. As a licensed general contractor, we can rebuild water damaged structures.
Target Restoration tackles both minor water damage and extensive water damage. Our technicians are experienced in the efficient cleanup of water damage resulting from sewage backups, appliance failures, burst water pipes, natural floods and excessive rainwater.
Houston, Texas, depends on the reputable services provided by Target Restoration. Our team members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (877) 741-9026, to respond to the community’s emergency water damage restoration needs.