Tips to Prevent Water Damage

Water damage can not only cause a headache, but it can become expensive too. The good news is, there are ways to prevent it. If you are not using the following prevention methods yet it’s time you start doing so. Keep reading to learn more. 

Clean your gutters

You may have been told to clean your gutters regularly. The main reason is that they get clogged easily, especially in the fall when leaves create a good deal more debris. How frequently you’ll need to do so will vary based on your location and the landscaping in your area, but it’s a good rule of thumb to at least inspect your gutters once a month and clean as necessary. Gutter guards are also an excellent investment.

If you don’t feel confident cleaning your own gutters, your gutters need repair, or you want new guards installed it may be best to contact a professional contractor, such as residential and commercial roofing in Cincinnati OH by Armor Services.

Check your insulation
Too much insulation in your attic can lead to condensation due to a lack of air flow. Mold and mildew growth often follow as most homeowners don’t inspect their attic very regularly. Not only does this pose obvious health risks, but it can also cause structural damage to your roof supports.

Use downspouts

Downspouts are important because they push the water away from the house. Gutter runoff around the foundation of your home can eventually cause damage, potentially even leaking into your crawlspace or basement. Your downspout should direct water at least 10 feet from the house and be positioned well.

Ensure the ground slopes away from your home

Go outside and look at the ground surrounding your home. Does it slope towards your home or away from it? It’s crucial that it slopes away from your home. This will help any rainfall and outflow from your downspout flow away rather than towards your foundation. 

Keep the soil near your house moist

It may seem counterproductive to be spraying water near your house in an effort to prevent water damage, but in warm weather, it’s important to make sure the soil around your home doesn’t dry out. The soil will shrink after a lack of water, and then expand rapidly when it rains. This causes undue pressure on your foundation. If your weather report is calling for a hot, dry streak, consider moistening the soil close to your home periodically. Planting moisture-retaining ground cover can also prove helpful or even just a small flower bed with mulch.

React quickly to damage

Any water damage to your home, whether from a natural disaster in your area or a burst pipe in your basement, should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Moisture, no matter how small, can quickly lead to mold and mildew which can be very costly to remedy. 

Water damage in the home is serious and can cause a great deal of wasted time and money. Luckily, if you follow these simple tips, you will be a lot less likely to have issues.

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