Weather damage can lead to water damage and become the number-one culprit that weakens your home’s foundation. This type of damage can impact the core strength of your house and eventually cause serious damage to the structural exterior and interior. When your wood floors or beams get water in them, this can begin to attract things like termites and carpenter ants. It also can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can be hazardous to your family’s safety and health. If you want to learn how to prevent water damage in your home, use the four steps below to give you peace of mind after a leak or flood. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to call in a professional to handle any water damage issues. Weather damage especially can be highly detrimental to your home and your family’s wellbeing. It’s important to call one of our experts at ABCO Restoration. We have the right expertise and equipment to tackle the job.
Ensure Your Home Has Good Drainage Before Weather Damage Happens
One of the first steps that you can take to prevent weather damage is to make sure that you have created a good drainage system around your home. This starts by cleaning out the gutters on your roof. Although it can be a tedious task to remove all the built-up leaves from the past few seasons, it’s beneficial to allow water to get through your gutters without building up and causing severe damage. You can also direct downspouts 5 to 10 ft away from your house. This will make sure that water doesn’t accumulate around the foundation. Weather damage could be caused by accumulated water from a flood or heavy rain. It’s always important to slope your yard away from the foundation. A good contractor will make sure that it does this, but if you find yourself needing this done, you can call a professional or pick up the tools you need from your local home improvement store.
Test Your Sump Pump
This is an item that most people forget. Still, it’s imperative to make sure to check your sump pump once a year to keep water from backing up and causing more harm than good to your home. This can be a critical task that frequently needs to be taken care of, especially during storm season.
Fix Water Leaks
Most people attempt to fix leaks by cleaning up where they see the water, but not stopping them at their source. When leaks aren’t stopped where they begin, they can cause severe damage as they continue to leak without your knowledge. Make sure to repair any noticeably dripping pipes. You should also check for dark spots under pipes on your ceilings. This can involve a couple of DIY projects, like repairing any cracked caulking or inspecting the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles.
Call A Professional
The last thing you can do to protect your house from weather damage is to call one of our experts at ABCO Restoration. We specialize in storm damage restoration and cleanup services.