Water damage, whether from a sudden burst pipe or a slow, forgotten leak, can cause a lot of issues including mildew, mold, rotting drywall, and the weakening of structural elements of your home. Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent water damage around your home.
Don’t Ignore That Leak!
Repair leaks as soon as you notice them. Even minor leaks can cause severe water damage over time, and they can also turn into big leaks unexpectedly if not dealt with right away.
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Know Where Your Water Shutoff is and How it Works
It is important to find out where your main water shutoff valve for your home is and how to use it before you actually need to use it. If you have a sudden plumbing emergency that requires the water to be shut off, like a burst pipe, you don’t want to be struggling to find the water shutoff or wondering how to work it. Make sure that you know where your shutoff valve is and how to turn the water on and off. If you need any specific tools to access or operate the shutoff valve, always keep them nearby so that if you need to shut the water off in a hurry, you will have what you need at your fingertips.
Install a Sump Pump
Sump pumps prevent basement flooding and are especially important if you live in a low-lying geographic area or somewhere prone to flooding. Getting a sump pump is a good safeguard against water damage in your home. If you already have a sump pump, make sure to have it inspected regularly to ensure that it is always running properly.
Clean Your Gutters
It’s important to clean your gutters regularly, especially in the spring because a lot of debris is likely to have built up over the winter months. If your gutters get clogged up, water will just run down the side of your house and can seep in and cause damage.
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