Smoke detectors alert us to a potential fire, windows protect us from high winds, but what do we have to signal incoming water damage? Not only does water weaken the foundation of a home, water can create mold, which results in greater property damage or health problems.
Here are 4 steps you can take today to prevent water damage to your home, courtesy of State Farm:
- Replace deteriorated caulk around sinks, and check the pipes under the sink for leaks. A slow-draining pipe may indicate a partially blocked drain that needs cleaning.
- Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around hose ends. Replace the hose if a problem is found or every 3 to 5 years as part of a proactive maintenance program. To help make sure the hose doesn’t kink, leave at least 4 inches (or 11 centimeters) between the water connection and the back of the washing machine.
- Make sure everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Check it frequently for problems, and shut off the water if you are away from your home for several days or longer.
- Keep the roof free from leaves, twigs, and other litter to allow proper drainage. Clogged gutters can easily lead to poor drainage, which in turn can lead to leaks in both the walls and at the foundation. Also, replace missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
How to find a reputable water damage cleanup company?
RestorationMasterFinder.com is a great resource for reputable water damage cleanup in your area! Simply visit the website, select your state from the menu and click on the featured service provider closest to your home.
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