According to the Farmers Insurance Group, 90% of household damage is the result of water damage and flooding. So, it should come as no surprise that water damage is the 2nd most frequently filed homeowners claim in the United States (American Insurance Association).
How to Prevent Water Damage
As they say, the best defense is a good offense. So stop sitting around and waiting for something bad to happen to your home. Get up, get moving, and start preparing your home to prevent water damage. All it takes is a little elbow grease and, of course, a plan.
Diligent Roof Maintenance
Let’s start from the top down. Your roof is your first line of defense against water damage, so it pays to be proactive and properly maintain your roof. This cannot only help save you from needing expensive repairs or replacement, but also minimize the risk of water damage.
And don’t forget to clean your gutters! These simple devices are designed to carry water from your roof. However, if they cannot do their job if they are clogged with leaves, twigs, and debris. As a result, water can begin to backup, rising above your gutters, under your shingles, and into your attic.
The Importance of a Good Foundation
Designed to be sturdy and unyielding, your foundation often falls under the category “out of sight, out of mind.” But neglect can quickly turn into water damage, which is why it is so important to inspect your foundation several times throughout the year.
Sump Pump Maintenance
Your sump pump is your last line of defense against flood damage. As groundwater levels rise, it is diverted to the sump pit. When this water reaches the “critical level,” the sump pump is activated and water is diverted away from the home. When a sump pump fails, this water continues to rise until it reaches the basement floor level, flooding your home.
Of course, there are some things that are just out of your control, like burst pipes, sewer backups, etc. Sometimes, the best thing you can do – the only thing you can do – is pick up the phone and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore.
Emergency Water Damage Restoration from ServiceMaster of Baltimore
There are so many factors to consider in a crisis such as water and flood damage, but don’t worry- ServiceMaster of Baltimore is here to help! We offer 24/7 Rapid Response and have IICRC certified restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Call 866-780 1700 for Emergency Restoration!
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