Protecting Your Blue Springs Home From Water Damage
One of the most frequent and expensive tragedies your Blue Springs home can encounter is water damage. With annual costs in the billions, homeowners across the country are calling for water damage cleanup services every single day.
By focusing on three different areas of your home, we are going to provide you with helpful suggestions that could help prevent you from needing water damage cleanup.
One of the best things you can do to safeguard your home from water damage is to understand and then maintain your indoor plumbing system and fixtures. We suggest you:
- Be aware of where your home’s main water shut-off valve is located. A hose that is broken, a burst pipe, or a leaking water heater tank (just to name a few) can allow water to rush into your home. If you know where your water supply line shut-off valve is, you can save a lot of stress, money, and time by swiftly locating it and turning it off.
- Regularly inspect and check the pipes in your plumbing system, keeping an eye out for leaks and cracks so they can be repaired before any serious water damage occurs.
- Examine the faucets and appliance hoses throughout your home. Make it a habit to inspect the hoses that connect your water heart, dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator yearly. Any supply hoses with leaks or cracks should be changed out right away. In fact, it is good practice to replace all of them every 5 to 7 years.
By definition, the basement is the lowest area of your home. This makes the basement a high-risk place for water to accumulate or find its way into your home. Some ways you can keep water damage at bay in your basement are:
- Install a sump pump with a backup generator so that in severe weather conditions where the power may go out, the pump will still be able to keep groundwater from entering your home. If you already have one, be sure to check that it is working correctly once a year.
- Consider re-sealing your basement periodically and repairing any seals or cracks as soon as they are discovered. Cracks in your home’s foundation or in the slab floor are frequent causes of water damage in your basement. Water sealant can be applied to porous places in your basement and weakened or damaged areas to keep unwanted water out.
- Ensure that water is directed away from the foundation of your home with gutter downspout extenders. When water is allowed to run towards your foundation and collect there, it will eventually push its way inside.
Your Home’s Exterior
Keeping the exterior of your home in good condition is a great defense from water damage. You can start with:
- Strengthen the seal around windows by applying new layers of caulk around to repel water seepage
- Make sure your roof is in good condition and there are no missing or damaged shingles, which provide susceptible areas for water to enter your attic.
- Look at your downspouts and be sure that they are directing water at least 3 feet away from your home’s foundation.
- Clean out your gutters so there are no blockages or clogs that could impede the flow of water off of and away from your home.
Here at Kade Cleaning Systems, we understand that not all water damage cases can be prevented, but we also know that the above steps will greatly help to reduce the risk of your home needing water damage cleanup.