Home Water Damage Prevention: Essential Practices
Many people lack the proactive approach of protecting their home with preventative care. In 2017, 19.5% of property damage claims were water and freezing incidents. You're obviously reading this for a reason -- don't be one of those people!
Don't Delay Preventative Care, Take Action Now!
The Plumbing Process
If you don't know how your indoor plumbing system works, you need to get educated before water damage does occur. You'll want to put yourself on a schedule and check your hoses to the dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, and water heater at least once a year. If any hose begins to leak you'll need to replace it, otherwise replace these hoses once every five to seven years. You are also able to purchase a moisture detection system that will tell you when a leak occurs.
Prevent Water Seepage
A lot of basements are wholly underground which leaves room for water to seep through the foundation if it has shifted, or leave it susceptible to water moving through cracks which causes erosion. If it has been awhile, you may want to invest in resealing your basement before any water damage occurs. If you're unsure if there are any issues, keep an eye on your basement during a heavy storm. If you notice any spots that are becoming wet you should paint it with a water sealant. You may also call the experts at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake for an estimate.
Repair Your Home's Exterior
Although lots of obvious damage is seen on the inside, it's important to look from the outside in. Ensure that your windows are sealed by using caulk. If you are worried about leaks in the roof, check to make sure all of your shingles are in good condition and not missing or damaged. Also, check your irrigation systems and sprinklers. It's important that they don't face directly towards the house because they have potential to cause foundation and wall damage.
Those are three simple tips to help you begin taking precautionary measures to help prevent water damage in your home. If you suspect any water damage or discover any mold, give SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake a call at 952-403-1050.