How To Prevent Water and Flood Damage
Water damage, like most emergencies, are not always avoidable. The best thing you can do is to be prepared and proactive. There are many ways to drastically decrease your chances of being the victim of a home flood.
There are several appliances that can cause water damage throughout a house. As a homeowner, it is a good idea to periodically inspect appliances such as the fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and water heater. Make sure that the hoses have a tight seal and the clamps or collars that hold them on are in good condition. A quick inspection now could save you from a huge inconvenience later on. If an appliance is past its life expectancy, it’s sometimes better to have it replaced instead of running it until it fails. Any local handyman will be able to inspect these appliances for you for the cost of a service call.
The roof and exterior of a house can be a weak spot for water to sneak in. It’s important to make sure that your roof is periodically inspected for missing shingles, leaks, or weak spots. Flashings around chimneys and skylights should also be inspected to ensure a tight seal. Rain gutters and downspouts should be routinely inspected to make sure rain water is properly draining.
The most common place for flood waters to come in are the doors and windows of a home. Exterior doors should have a seal around the door to keep water from entering. It’s important to check these seals for wear and tear and have them replaced when needed. Windows should also be inspected to make sure they are able to close all the way and keep water out. These quick inspections now can help avoid a huge expense and headache down the road. Like any disaster, there is no way to be water damage proof, but these small preventative measure can reduce your chances of being a victim.