3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage

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It seems like water finds its way into your home when you least expect it. Unfortunately, water doesn't care if you are on vacation or stretching your dollar as far as you possibly can. Whether you have fallen victim to invasive water before or not, knowing how to waterproof your home is imperative. Below are 5 easy ways you can prevent water damage from becoming a problem in your life.

Check Your Exterior

This check is especially important if you have a basement. You become much more susceptible to a leak going unnoticed if water gets in through an unused or unfrequented basement. Periodically walk around the exterior of your home. Make sure debris hasn't begun piling up around the walls of your home. When buildup occurs, it can erode the soil next to your home. This will create a pathway for water to run down the walls and foundation of your home, eventually finding a way in.

When clearing away debris from the exterior of your home, try to keep an approximately 8–10 inch pathway between your foundation and any landscaping.

Proper Sprinkler Drainage

If you live in a home where a sprinkler system is installed, make sure you have a working drainage system. If you haven't checked your drainage system recently, it is something you should put at the top of your priority list. A blocked drain does you no good.

Most sprinkler systems are installed with a footing or French drain that will direct water away from the home. Both french and footing drains consist of buried pipes that route excess water from your sprinklers to a safe outlet. You can test your drainage system by feeling the ground around foundation regularly. If you find that the ground around your foundation is more damp, more often than the rest of your property, your drainage system may be suffering from a blockage.

Excess Vegetation

With most water making entry through the foundation, the roof is often neglected as a source of entry. Take a look around your roof. Are your trees, vines or bushes encroaching on your roof line? Vines can make their way into tiny cracks in your walls or roof. As they grow they can turn a small crack into a large crevice. Bushes and trees can run excess rainwater onto your roof. When left to pond or if your roof is experiencing any problems, water can find its way into your attic. Attics are another place water can reside for weeks and months before you notice. By then, mold and mildew will have surely taken root.

If water has found its way into your home, contact a professional for treatment. Mold can be extremely dangerous, especially to those who suffer from respiratory issues. After you have taken the necessary precautions to remedy water damaged surfaces, keep your home water free by checking for excess vegetation, proper drainage and any buildup around your exterior..  

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