A small amount of water can cause considerable damage to your home. […]
In Northeast Ohio, we can see all four seasons in what seems like a single day! One sure thing is that the Spring rains will come as we turn over from winter to summer, and we will see hot and cold variations in temperature as Lake Erie slowly begins to warm up. Here are some simple spring tips to prevent water damage.
There is always the risk of water damage from natural disasters, such as thunderstorms and water damage claims are the second most common homeowners insurance claims (after wind and hail). However, most spring weather-related water losses can be prevented or at least minimized by following the tips below.
INSPECT YOUR ROOF: Roof leaks make the attic insulation wet, which can lead to mold. Since checking the roof can be difficult and dangerous, have a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof. They’ll look for missing or worn shingles, check for leaks, and make repairs that can prevent more costly damage down the road.
PRUNE TREES: Overhanging tree branches near your home may damage your roof, break windows or cause other damage during a storm. Prune your trees once they grow loose branches, especially before the hurricane season. Also ensure all large shrubs in your yard are trimmed and remove any dead limbs.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS: Gutters and downspouts are extremely important in diverting water away from your home. But they have to be clean and well-maintained. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts, check that they drain properly, and install gutter guards to prevent clogs. Use downspout extensions or splash blocks to direct the water well away from your foundation.
WATERPROOF THE BASEMENT: The basement is one of the most flood-prone areas of a home. To help keep the basement dry and prevent flooding, the ground around your foundation should slope away by at least 6” over the first 10’. Also make sure you have a sump pump, which you should regularly maintain and test. Apply a sealant to interior walls to prevent condensation as well.
Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to water damage. Following these guidelines can help you prevent a loss. However, if you experience a flood or water damage problem, always hire a professional restoration company, such as PuroClean. We use the proper equipment and techniques to efficiently restore your property and its contents to pre-loss condition.