Last week, in our blog “Home Improvement Tips to Help You Avoid Water Damage (Part One),” we outlined several tasks the average homeowner can undertake to keep his or her home dry and water damage free. This week, we are going to continue our do-it-yourself (DIY) theme by addressing some of the most frequent problem areas around your home.
Home Improvement Tips to Help You Avoid Water Damage (Part Two)
You can help prevent leaks and water damage in your home by regularly inspecting the following areas:
- Flashing: That thin metal strip found around your doors, windows, and chimneys is designed to prevent water from finding its way into your home where two different building surfaces come together. Unfortunately, sometimes flashing gets damaged and can no longer do its job. When this happens, the potential for water damage increases.
- Roof/Attic: Your roof is one area that is designed to keep water at bay. Unfortunately, due to damage or age, this does not always happen. This is why it is so important to regularly examine your roof for signs of damage, such as missing shingles. At the same time, it is important to inspect your attic for interior signs of water damage: dark or wet spots, pooling water, etc.
- Basement: Because basements are below ground level they are very vulnerable to water damage. For this reason, it is important to regularly check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly, especially during heavy rains.
- Expansion Joints: Expansion joints are designed to absorb movement between building materials, such as bricks and pipes. When these joints wear away, it leaves your home vulnerable to water intrusion.
Regularly inspecting the above areas of your home should help you avoid water intrusion and water damage. Despite your best efforts, water damage can sometimes still strike. When it does, it is important to act quickly. Pick up the phone and call a professional water extraction and water damage restoration company, like ServiceMaster of Baltimore.
The quicker you act, the more likely we will be able to minimize water damage.