Water damage in our Chesterfield homes can threaten the structural integrity, cause mold growth, and wreak havoc on our belongings. There are measures you can take to help protect your home from water damage, and keep your property safe. We at Dixie Dry would like to introduce the following list of things you can do both inside and outside of your home to keep it safe from water damage:
Gutters can get clogged with leaves and debris, and clogged gutters will lead to pooling and overflowing water. The whole purpose of gutters is to direct water away from the foundation of your home, so a clogged gutter that is causing water to leak and overflow will allow water to pool around your home. It is important to keep gutters clear and clean to allow water to flow through them without any blockages. Check and clean your gutters at least twice a year.
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against all the outside elements. Damaged roofing material exposes your home to water damage from the weather. Be sure that your roofing material is not loose or damaged, and if you notice areas that are get them fixed or replaced as quickly as possible. If you are unable to safely examine and inspect your roof, call in a professional to come have it checked and cleaned off. Keeping your roof clean, clear, and in good condition will protect your home from potential weather-related water damage.
Most homeowners do not know where their water main line and shut off is located. If you know where and how to shut the water off to your home, you can help prevent further damage if water is flooding into your home. If you are going to be away from your home for an extended period of time, it is a good idea to turn off your water main while you are away.
Dishwashers, water heaters, and washing machines are some of the leading culprits for water damage indoors. These appliances are supplied with large amounts of water, and if they malfunction that water could end up flooding your home. Keep appliances maintained and in good condition to help prevent malfunctions. Water hoses and pipes that supply these appliances should be checked regularly to ensure the connections are good and the integrity is not compromised. Over time and with use, water hoses can begin to corrode and deteriorate. It is a good practice to change out water hoses every 3-5 years to keep them free from leaks, rust, and corrosion.
Leaky faucets are very common and not only waste water, but can also lead to pooling water. Pipes and faucets should be checked regularly for any signs of leaks or clogs. Build up in pipes can cause clogs, which can lead to water overflow or even bursting pipes. Check under cabinets and sinks for any signs of moisture or water damage, and if you do have a leaky faucet or pipe get it repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.
If you find yourself facing water damage to your home or property in Chesterfield, the team at Dixie Dry is available 24/7 for immediate water damage cleanup. Dixie Dry is an expert in water extraction and cleanup, and we have the experience needed to cleanup after any size water disaster, no matter the source of the water.