One of the most common types of disaster restoration required by homes in Lees Summit is water damage restoration. No one wants to experience water damage, which is why it is important to take some preventative measures in and around your home to help reduce the chances of water damage occurring in the first place. We know a thing or two about water damage here at Kade Cleaning Systems and want to break down some of the most important things you can do to help reduce the risk of you needing water damage restoration.
What better place to start taking preventative measures against water damage than the area of your home that is its first line of defense from the elements . . . the roof. Rooftops are constantly exposed to the elements so consequently, over time, it is bound to sustain some damage and deterioration. Annual inspections of your roof should be performed, and following any severe weather, so that damaged or susceptible areas can be found and addressed as soon as possible. Water drains from the roof off of the house through rain gutters and downspouts. This channeling system keeps water from pooling and collecting on the roof or around the foundation. If gutters become clogged or blocked, flooding can occur which greatly increases the risk of water damage not only on your roof but also around your home’s foundation. Rain gutters should be cleaned out in the spring and again in the fall, to ensure the flow of water is not disturbed.
Moving down from the roof of your home, we are going to touch on windows and doors next. These openings into our homes can let in unwanted water damage when not properly sealed. Caulk is used to create a water barrier around doors and windows and can begin to pull away or split over time. Be sure to apply new caulk in areas where it has been damaged or where you can see the caulk pulling away from around door and window frames. (BONUS: Not only will reapplying caulk help keep out water, but it will also help to keep the temperature inside your home more regulated)
Once you have ensured the openings into your home are water-resistant, you can move your focus indoors. Leaky pipes and malfunctioning appliances are two of the leading causes for water damage restoration inside the home. Pipes will naturally corrode and rust over time and without proper maintenance, the build-up of this rust can cause some serious problems like leaks or cracks. Fix or replace any damaged or leaky pipes immediately so you can avoid major water damage from burst pipes. When it comes to appliances that use water, there are many ways they can cause water damage. You should regularly check the water hoses that run to appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. If these hoses are not switched out every few years, they can become more susceptible to damage and lose integrity. It is also important to follow manufacturers’ guidelines and recommendations for proper usage, care, and maintenance of household appliances to keep them from malfunctioning and flooding your home.
By following these preventative steps, the risk of water damage and need of restoration in your Lees Summit home can be greatly reduced. Keep in mind though, that even after following every precaution out there, water damage is not 100% preventable. It is, however, 100% fixable – especially when you have the water damage restoration experts at Kade Cleaning Systems working on it.