How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage Woes

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage Woes
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    Once you purchase a home, there are many things that you will have to take into account over the years.

    Instead of being able to call up your landlord for repairs, you will need to take care of all of that on your own.

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You need to make sure that you are not putting off your repairs and that you are protecting your home from major structural issues. If you are not careful, water damage can be very costly to your home. Learning how to protect your home from water damage woes will help you save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on repairs in the future.

Signs of Damage

One of the easiest ways to see if you have water damage in your home is to look for dark spots on your ceilings or walls. While it may just seem like there is a shadow being cast or fading paint, spots that are dark enough can show signs of some serious damage.

If your drywall begins to crack or flake, this is another sign that moisture may have gotten into the walls. The obvious leak in the ceiling will show that you have a leak that must be fixed sooner rather than later.

If you smell a musty or moldy smell, you might have some serious water damage that you are dealing with. The same goes for if you are seeing mold on the ceilings or walls. Without water leaks, you are not going to have mold growing in your home.

If you are suddenly paying far too much in your water bill, you may have a leak in your pipes that you do not know about. If the air in your home seems more damp or humid, you might also have a water issue that you have to deal with.

Clean Your Rain Gutters

An easy way to get yourself into trouble with water damage is simply by not having a clean rain gutter. Your rain gutters are a very essential part of keeping water off your roof.

During heavy rain or snow storms, it is easy for rain to get stuck on your shingles and create dangerous puddles if the water does not have somewhere to flow.

There are also leaf filters that you can use to completely keep debris out of your gutters year-round. A simple cleaning of your gutters can be a great way to also see if you have any rain gutter damage that might keep rain from flowing off your roof and away from your shingles.

Many times, when your rain gutters are clogged, the water stored in them will seep into your walls and can even cause damage as far down as your foundation. It is essential that you have clean gutters that will keep your home protected from water damage woes.

Check in the Right Places

Your roof is quite possibly the most important place to check for water damage. While you may not think so, roof vents can be a place where water damage can stem from. Improperly fitted roofing vents commonly allow rain infiltration, so the first rain after you have some roofing work done is a good time to check.

Professionals may have been working so quickly that they were unable to properly reinstall these vents. You should periodically check the vents to make sure that there is no water damage occurring around these areas.

 

Replace Missing Shingles

When you have missing shingles, you are asking for water damage. Your shingles act as a pathway for water to flow off of your roof. When you do not have shingles to help push the water down your roof, you can get puddles of water that will weigh down on your roof and may possibly create need for potential repairs or even an entire roof replacement.

Before you have to repair your whole roof, work with a roofing company to repair these shingles before you have to deal with some serious water damage woes. If you have the right tools or skills, you can easily fix missing shingles on your own. There are many tutorials online and tool rental shops that will help you make this a reality by yourself on the weekend.

Make Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

Flooded basements can be very expensive to fix. This is quite possibly one of the most devastating types of water damage that can happen to a home. When your basement is flooded, it is usually imperative that you fix your foundation as well. The soil beneath your basement can get saturated and will cause you to have to completely reconstruct your lower level.

It is important for you to make sure your sump pump is working on a regular basis. With a working sump pump, the damage on your basement during any flood will be much less severe. To maintain that your sump pump is working regularly, have a professional do a routine checkup at least once a year.

Disconnect All Outside Hoses Before the Winter Season

If you do not disconnect your hoses during the winter season, you may accidentally turn on some of your outdoor water faucets, causing freezing water and broken pipes. It is important that you disconnect all hoses from the outside of your house before it starts reaching freezing temperatures.

The incredible water damage that can happen when your pipes burst may end up costing you thousands of dollars. Replacing floors, ceilings, walls and even your foundation can be avoided if you simply remember to disconnect your outside hoses before the coldest winter months.

other valuable tips:

When you protect your home from water damage woes, you will be saving big on the repairs that you would have to make. These are some steps that you can take to easily make sure you are not costing yourself big time in the long run.

These easy-to-follow steps will help you to have peace of mind that you will not have any wall, ceiling, floor or foundation damage. If you see any of the signs that your home might be damaged by water, contact a professional quickly.

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