What To Do After Water Damage Was Fixed
When you speak to most people that have experienced water damage in their homes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone that would like to go through the experience again. Recovering your valuables, remediating your home, and paying the bills are definitely not fun activities. To avoid having to deal with water damage to your home again, it’s possible to put several measures in place to protect your home from water damage in the future. Here are some tips on the best ways to prevent your home from experiencing further water damage in the future.
Before we tackle these tips, it’s important for you to understand the causes of water damage in the first place. Small water damage problems can result from the malfunctioning of certain in-house appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, AC, or the plumbing system. More serious damage can be caused when your sewer system, sump pump or in-house pipes and hoses malfunction, causing water to flood your home. Water damage may also come from groundwater seeping through the cracks in you basement floors and walls, or windows and doors. Natural disasters like severe rainstorms that cause flooding will typically result in the most serious water damage.
In Canada, we get the most rain during the spring season, so our first tip is to make sure your house is ready to handle excess water. The most important step is to have an efficient drainage system. Your downspouts should point away from your house and direct water 5-10 feet down. To keep water from running directly down the foundation of your house, your yard should be sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from the foundation. Check your eavestroughs or gutters regularly to ensure the channel is clear from debris. Your roof is also vulnerable due to weathering, so check to see if it has any visible cracks. Usually you will need to replace your roof every 15-20 years. Your doors and windows also require yearly checkups.
There are also precautions you may take inside your house. Our second tip is that if your basement doesn’t already have a back-flow valve, you should consider installing one. It will help prevent sewage from flowing into your house. When there are visible cracks in your walls or basement floors, contact professionals right away to seal the cracks. During heavy rainfalls, try to minimize your water use. During winter, the same procedures follow, except you need to clear snow out of the gutters and drains so there’s no excess residual water that could potentially flow into your house to cause damages.
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