Water damage can weaken the core of your home and cause many other problems. Eventually, water damage can reduce the value of your home, if left untreated.
The initial damage may look small but it can develop further, causing mold growth, stains, odors, wiring issues, and even structural problems.
Since water damage can cause massive destruction to your property, you will want to try and protect against it. Checking your drainage system and pipes, and regular gutter cleaning are excellent ways to prevent water damage.
Clean your gutters regularly
Your gutters are meant to keep water away from your building’s foundation — a clogged gutter will do the opposite. Debris and leaves are usually the culprits when we talk about clogs. But weeds can also build up in your gutters.
You shouldn’t wait until autumn to clean your gutters. Have a routine cleanup to get every obstacle out of the way so that water continues to flow freely through your gutters.
When you have debris, weeds, and leaves in your gutter, the water can flow to the foundation or roof, causing damage. The water getting to the foundation weakens it, while the water getting to the roof can cause leaks.
Fortunately, gutter cleaning is easy. Clean them at least three times a year and use that opportunity to clean the downspouts as well. You can also install gutter guards as a proactive measure.
Check your drainage systems for wear and tear
Weak drainage systems can cause water to overflow and weaken your foundation. You will need to clean your drain regularly. You should also check your tub overflow drain for signs of leakage.
Regularly inspect your drain traps — they are located in the sink cabinets. Keep a strainer by your sink so that food debris and other solids do not get into the drain.
You should also keep oils and greasy liquids out of the drains. They may go down the drain easily since they are fluids but they tend to coagulate and clog drains. In some cases, it may not be easy to get rid of oil and grease, even with hot water — especially if they accumulate over an extended period.
While checking drains, also check the sump pumps. These pumps play a critical role in preventing floods in your basement. Check if the electrical outlet is functioning. Also, try turning the sump pump on to see if it is working and moving water.
Have your pipes checked periodically
Run a routine check on your pipes to ensure that they are functioning properly. Check the pipes around your toilets, sink, and showers at least three times a year.
Inspect for leaks under pipes and fix them to avoid mildew, mold, rot, and termites.
Frequently using chemicals to unclog drains corrodes the pipes. It is better to use a drain snake.
Another thing that can destroy pipes is the cold weather. You can prevent your pipes from freezing by using a smart thermostat and setting the temperature to at least 10 degrees Celsius.
Contact Complete Property Restoration, your experienced water damage restoration experts, to handle the damage in your home.
We will keep you informed at every step of the process. We know how sensitive people can feel about having contractors going in and out of their homes — this is why we try to get the job done as soon as possible.
Quality work goes hand in hand with our quick turnaround time. Call us at (403) 892-4513 or complete our contact form.