Water damage can wreak havoc on a home and result in a large cleanup bill, as well as lost personal items. Below are two causes of water damage and what you can do to prevent them.
Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim by homeowners in the United States. If your home has water damage from rain, it can cause damage to your home's foundation as well as the interior. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you.
The first thing to look at is your gutters. If your gutters are clogged, they will not redirect the water where it should go. Instead, the water will cascade down the side of your home, which can damage the foundation and siding. Clean your gutters out, if needed, and make sure they are in good condition.
The slope of your yard also plays a big role in rain water damage. When it rains, if the water pools in your yard, this means it does not have a good slope. If there are just a few low spots in your yard, you can likely fix them yourself. If the slope is much larger, you should hire a professional to take care of this problem.
If you have a sump pump, make sure it is working properly. If not, it could cause damage when it rains. To test the pump yourself, fill the sump pump reservoir with water. Watch for the float and when you see it rise to the top of the water your sump pump should automatically turn on. If it does not, then you need to have the sump pump serviced.
Landscaping is beautiful but it can also cause water damage. Roots from trees are drawn to underground pipes because of the moisture. When this happens, the roots will wrap around the pipes and cause them to burst. Because of this, minimize the landscaping you do near any utility pipes or your septic tank. If you are not sure where the pipes are, hire a plumber or a septic tank company.
If you have trees that have grown too large, you may want to consider removing them before they cause you a lot of problems. The roots from a tree are one and one-half to three times wider than the tree's foliage, and in some cases, as much as four to seven times wider than the crown.
You can still landscape in this area by planting small flowering bushes and flowers.
If your home is damaged by water, call a company like Flood Damage Restoration as soon as possible to remedy any damage.