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Tips To Prevent Water Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

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Water damage is the number one reason customers call us to help. At SERVPRO Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County we want to share with you some tips on how you can prevent Water from damaging your home.

Tip 1: Clean your gutters: Make sure gutters are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage. Calling a Professional gutter cleaning companies is a quick and easy way to take care of this problem.

Tip 2: Check your downspouts regularly: Your downspouts should be directed 5 to 10 feet away from the house. Allowing water to collect close to your home is asking for trouble.

Tip 3: Slope your yard: Make sure water is flowing away from your house, not into it. Ensuring that the landscaping flows water away from the house is essential.

Tip 4: Check your sump pump: make sure that it is working properly, testing it at least once a year. You may even consider having a backup sump pump on standby (in case the first one fails).

Tip 5: Be on the lookout for leaky pipes: Finding leaks early and making repairs before a small leak turns into a big one is critical.

Tip 6: Watch where you plant trees and bushes. Invasive root systems of some plants and trees can compromise your drainage system, water lines, septic tank, pipes or foundation.

Tip 7: Ceiling and attic check: Be on the lookout for any wet spots above. They will eventually spread below.

Tip 8: Repair old, cracked caulking: Doors and windows, along with bathtub and sink fixtures have caulking that needs to be checked and repaired once cracking is visible.  

Tip 9: Sudden Water bill increases: Check your water bill. A spike in your bill may be indicative of a leak.

Tip 10: Inspect the roof: Missing or damaged shingles can often be the culprit to water damage in your home. 

Tip 11: Chemicals should not be used to unclog a drain/ use a drain snake instead.  Harsh chemicals can eat away at your pipes.

Tip 12: Do not pour grease or fat down your sink: Pour old bacon fat and grease into an empty can and throw it away. Your pipes will thank you.

Tip 13: Have washing machine lines inspected annually and hoses replaced every 5 years.  Check out the cold and hot water supply hoses and look for cracks and other wear and tear.

Tip 14: Check the floor around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks. Look for any soft spots or moisture. You might need a plumber to fix any leaks.

Tip 15: Check your water heater: Have a plumber inspect and  look for signs of corrosion,

Tip 16: Measure the humidity levels: Do you regularly have condensation on your windows? The relative humidity should in your home should range between 30- and 50-percent. A humidifier may correct sporadic humidity fluctuations but ongoing high-humidity levels may be a sign of a more serious issue that could lead to mold and mildew that may require a professional.

If you have any questions about water damage or even humidity in your home, call SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County. We are her to help.



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