Water damage can occur for several reasons including leaks, clogs, broken pipes/hoses, or overflowing appliances. Other reasons include leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, or foundation cracks. Additionally, weather events such as heavy snow or rain can cause water damage. The possibility this type of damage will occur is high.
What’s the problem? Moisture! It promotes the growth of mold and other organisms, which in turn increases the risk for serious health problems.
You can’t control the weather, but you can address issues in your home that may lessen the chance flooding or leaking will occur. Let’s take a look at what you can do to help prevent water damage:
- Improve the grading around your home: When the grade around the foundation slopes towards the home, problems are inevitable. In the short term, water pooling near your home can lead to rot and mold. Over the long term, the house’s structure could be compromised due to movement of the foundation.
- Check plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Check your roof for worn areas or missing shingles.
Don’t let water issues cause expensive problems. Keep up on maintenance, watch for leaks, and address problems immediately.