This is the final post in our three-part series on simple, easy ways to prevent water damage in the home. If you haven’t read the first two, follow the links here and here to get caught up before you continue with this one, or just give them a read-through after! Of course, there are more ways than just these to prevent water damage, but by following these suggestions, you can take measures to prevent damage before it starts and get to know the various systems in your home that are or should already be in place.
When and where should I inspect?
You should ideally inspect your home both inside and outside before the coldest weather sets in and things begin to freeze. This will not only keep you more comfortable while you work, it will give you time to troubleshoot any issues before pipes could freeze or burst.
One place people often forget when it comes to water damage is the roof- particularly your gutters and downspouts. During a storm that produces just a single inch of rain, a 1,000 square foot roof can cast off over 600 gallons of water! If your gutters are clogged or your downspouts are incorrectly positioned, all that water can be directed straight to the foundation of your home and even run into your basement. A quick check and cleaning is all it takes to prevent an incredible amount of damage.
You should also check insulated pipes that may be exposed to the elements, and if any exposed pipes are not insulated, it is easy to purchase at your local hardware store and apply yourself. An addition, don’t forget these indoor areas:
- The pipes under all your sinks
- Your water heater
- Window seals
- Toilet tanks (you should also put anti-freeze into your tank during winter to prevent it from freezing and expanding)
- Hoses connected to your appliances- refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washer and dryer
If you are experiencing signs of water damage, or if you have any questions on how to prevent issues, especially during the winter months, give the Flood Medix a call! We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and get you started on keeping your home safe, comfortable, and dry.