Water damage is a far more serious problem than you may expect it to be. Why? Well, because it increases the humidity of your home and, while interacting with all sorts of materials, causes a moldy, unpleasant smell. It also may damage your appliances, even cause a fire within your household. Other than this, it also damages your wooden and cloth furniture, thus debasing the value of your interior design. In other words, it’s something that you need to avoid at all costs. Now, there are two sources of water damage – internal and external. Here, we’ll discuss a way for you to protect your property from both.
1. Keep your gutters and downspout clean
Where your rainwater will end up depends on your guttering system. Ideally, the rain lands on your roof and slides down to the gutter. If gutters are clean enough, the rain then proceeds to freefall towards the downspout, which leads it directly to the drain. However, if your gutters are clogged, the water may overflow it and end up all over the property. This may cause substantial damage later on. Water that penetrates cracks in concrete will stay there and expand when the temperatures fall. This will result in the expansion of cracks. Also, a huge chunk of this water will, most likely, end up in your basement.
2. Inspect your roof
Inspect your roof to prevent replacing your roof. For example, missing shingles are one of the most important reasons why water is entering your home. Due to the lack of protection from rain, the ceiling in your home will start dripping, and the water will end up on your floor, carpet, or furniture. The simplest way to fix this is to do a roof inspection and replace missing shingles. Enter the attic and look for any signs of sunshine that seeps through the roof. This way you’ll know that a shingle is missing. Fortunately, the nature of the roof structure will make a replacement reasonably easy.
3. Install flashing
Other than shingles, there are certain areas in your roof that need some extra protection. Think about it; joints are places with small cracks in which water can easily penetrate. These joints appear naturally in places where different materials or rows of shingles meet. To fix this problem, make sure to install the flashing on your roof. There are different types of roof flashing, some of the most common being vent pipe flashing, step flashing, valley flashing, and drip edge flashing.
4. Prune the surrounding trees
Surrounding vegetation is one of the main reasons why you have to clean your gutters once every several months instead of once per year (a few years). The debris from the trees will clog your guttering system, thus making it inefficient. A falling branch may break some of your shingles or even damage your guttering system. Tending to the surrounding vegetation is, therefore, the single greatest safety measure that you can encounter.
5. Fix any leaks
Now, we get to the internal water hazard, most notably the one that stems from your own plumbing system. The simplest way to handle this is to inspect the pipes and notice ant irregularities, cracks, or signs of water damage around it. The longer you allow this to take place, the bigger the damage will be, which is why you probably want to find a reliable emergency plumbing service in your area and have it all dealt with as soon as possible. Remember, a plumbing issue isn’t just a property and asset damage problem. It also wastes your money by inflating your water bill.
6. Winter-proofing your exterior plumbing
Water solidifies and expands during cold weather, which is a problem that we’ve already mentioned in the first section. However, the damage that it can make if it freezes while in pipes is far greater. Therefore, you need to winter-proof any exterior plumbing before the winter comes. The simplest way to do so is to shut them off, ensure that all the water has flown out from these pipes and remove all the fixtures. You can reinstall them in the spring.
Keeping your home safe and water-damage-free is a complex task, but it’s something worth striving towards. Water damage inside of your home can damage your furniture and various household elements, attract pests, and even cause a substantial fire hazard. Being a homeowner is not just a privilege – it’s also a great responsibility. The above-listed six tasks are probably the single best representation of this notion.
Mia Ackerson is a Melbourne-based writer. Loves writing about home decorations and home improvements. She’s also interested in reading books, movies, music, baking, and gardening. You can follow her on Twitter.