In many situations, water damage happens in an instant. Heavy rains and flash floods can strike with little to no warning. And while you can make sure your sump pump is ready, there is little else you can do. You can’t control the weather, after all. But you can control several other water damage risk factors.
Water intrusion can damage your home, ruin your furniture and personal possessions, and lead to mold, which is a completely different story.
Tips to help Homeowners minimize Water Damage
- Inspect Your Home: It is important to regularly inspect leak-prone areas, such as roofs, walls, and ceilings, at least once a year. Look for any signs of water damage, such as water spots. If you notice anything unusual, get to the bottom of the situation right away. Fixing a small issue before it becomes a major problem can save you a lot of time, money, and heartache. Have necessary repairs done by qualified professionals.
- Inspect Pipes: If you have easy access to pipes, regularly inspect them (again, once a year or more) for signs of leaks. When detected early, leaks can be fixed before they cause too much damage. This will also help you save money on your water bill. Even a small leak can waste A LOT of water.
- Prevent Clogs: The most common cause of a toilet backup is a clog, when a blockage does not allow sewage to flush. The toilet may back up and overflow. Know what you can and cannot flush down your toilet.
- Clean Gutters: Check your gutters periodically to make sure there is nothing impeding the flow of water. Next, ensure your downspout directs water 5 to 10 feet away from your home. If this is not the case a simple extension on your gutter will fix this problem.
- Act Fast: Despite your best efforts, water damage can still strike your home. If it does, it is important that you act quickly. The longer you wait to call for help, the longer water has to damage your home. So pick up the phone and call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. ServiceMaster of Baltimore will remove all standing water and water damaged items so we can begin the drying process as soon as possible.
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