Preventing Water Damage is a Critical Homeowner Task. Here are Some Tips.
When undetected moisture seeps into the wood construction of your home, it not only weakens the wood but it is an invitation to carpenter ants and termites. Be careful!
Knowing how to prevent water damage is something every homeowner should be familiar with. Here are some suggestions.
Drainage is Critical
Poor drainage is a recipe for disaster. When water does not drain away from your home it can weaken your foundation and cause your home to settle giving you sloping floors or uneven walls with cracks, resulting in even more opportunities for water to enter your home.
Check your gutters regularly for blockages. Pine needles, especially here in the beautiful Northwest, are a constant source of obstructions in rain gutters. Failure to deal with these blockages can cause water to run over the edges of your gutter and pool next to your foundation.
A leaky foundation can be difficult to spot. Water can seep slowly into your basement and appear as simply a damp spot on your unfinished basement floor. If your basement is carpeted, you may not even notice this moisture at all until it results in a musty odor or even mold. If this happens, your best bet is to call SERVPRO of Spokane County to help you locate the source and deal with the problem.
Check Your Sump Pump Often
Many homes in our area have sump pumps that "lift" water from the depths of your basement or foundation into your sewer line. This critical piece of equipment must be kept in working order at all times. Check your sump pump especially when there is a threat of significant precipitation.
How to Spot Water Leaks
Small but consistent leaks cause mildew and mold, rot, and encourage the presence of carpenter ants and termites. If you are quick to fix a leak, you may save your home from long-term damage.
Leaks can show as dark stains under pipes inside sink cabinets as well as stains on ceilings.
Take a close look at your roof at least once per year. Be sure to note and replace loose or damaged shingles. Check around flashing for leaks and be sure to inspect caulking for cracks.
Call the Pros
If you find a leak you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spokane County to have the source identified and the leakage stopped. Our professionals are IICRC certified and are available 24/7. Just call us at 509-487-4700.