Key takeaways for preventing water damage
Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home's foundation and the very core that holds your house together. I am sure you have heard about core strength for your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your home, eventually causing serious structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants. It can also cause mold and mildew if not taken care of properly.
Here is how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.
1. Ensure good drainage
- clean your gutters
- direct downspouts 5-10' away from the house
- slope your yard away from the foundation
2. Test your sump pump
- check your sump pump once a year
- test more frequently during storm season
3. Fix water leaks
- repair any noticeable dripping pipes
- check for dark spots under pipes & on ceilings
- repair any cracked caulking
- inspect the roof for missing, loose of damaged shingles
By following these tips, you are going to have less of chance when it comes to the amount of water damage that the home may take on.