In the words of popular Harry Potter character Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, “Constant vigilance!” You must always be on the lookout, always preparing. In your case, you are probably safe from dark wizards, but there is another very real threat to you and your family – water damage!
Protecting Your Home from Water Damage
In order to keep the inside of your home safe from water damage, it is important to first prepare the exterior of your home. Your foundation is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home.
- Slope soil away from the foundation.One inch per foot for at least five feet. This will help prevent water from pooling around your foundation and eventually seeping into your basement.
- While a sprinkler system can help keep your lawn looking its best, it can also increase the risk of water damage if not installed properly. This is why you should install sprinkler systems at least five feet from your foundation.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean and well-maintained. These simple devices are designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to carry water from your roof to a safe, designated area. However, if your gutters are not cleaned regularly they cannot adequately do their job, which can lead to some serious issues, like water damage.
- Use downspout extenders (five feet from the foundation). This will help prevent water from pooling around your foundation.
These simple precautions will go a long way in the fight against water damage.
Water Damage Restoration
Despite your best efforts, water can still sometimes find its way into your home. When this happens, it is important to act fast. Water damage is a progressive issue that causes more damage the longer it is left unattended. ServiceMaster of Baltimore is ready to help with certified licensed restoration technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As an IICRC Certified company, our technicians are trained to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth, contain damage, remove contamination, and dry structural materials in an effort to reduce your loss and preserve your property. Click Here to request an estimate today!
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