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You don’t need to be an expert to fortify your home against water damage. In just a few simple steps, you can significantly reduce the likelihood that your home is ever affected by a water damage disaster.
Here are four of these simple things you can do from our restoration professionals at FireWater Restoration.
Your rain gutters are an essential part of your home’s fortifications against water damage. To do their job properly, however, you need to make sure they remain clear of leaves, dirt, and other debris. If your rain gutters become clogged, they will be unable to divert rainwater away from your home and the water will spill over them and saturate the ground around your home as a result. Make sure you take the time to climb up on a ladder and clear out your gutters every few months to prevent this from happening.
If you are around when a pipe breaks or some other flood starts in your home, your first step should be to shut off your water as soon as possible. Doing this without delay can turn what might have been a major water damage disaster into a minor annoyance. Although, this only works if you know where your water main shut-off is and how to operate it.
Sump pumps are one of the most valuable tools you can have to keep water damage at bay. Sump pumps can be installed in the basement or crawlspace and are designed to quickly pump water out of a home. That means that if your basement or crawlspace floods, you can immediately get some relief from the damage thanks to your sump pump. Not to mention, high-quality sump pumps can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars and installed relatively quickly. Overall, sump pumps are a no-brainer for those serious about water damage prevention and can save you thousands of dollars if your basement or crawlspace ever floods.
On average, 650 gallons of water will spill out of a burst washing machine hose in a single hour. It goes without saying that this can lead to massive levels of water damage in a short period of time. To prevent such a disaster from occurring, it’s important that you regularly replace your washing machine hoses. Rubber washing machine hoses should be replaced every 3-5 years. These hoses are easy to afford and install so there is no reason to risk an old washing machine bursting and leading to disaster in your home.
While they may be simple, these water damage prevention tips go a long way toward keeping your home safe from water damage. Give us a call at FireWater Restoration for any water damage you experience in your home or for help keeping your home protected from water damage.