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Make a Resolution to Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Year | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

A new year brings with it the perfect opportunity to start projects that can make life a little simpler. This year, don’t just start a project, finish one and prevent water damage in your home by taking actions that can help you avoid costly damages.

Water is a common natural and manmade disaster that leaves homes damaged, and a minuscule hole can cause utter chaos. Incorporate steps into your regular routines that are easy to keep and can make a big difference.

What Causes Water Damage?

To prevent a disaster, you need to first know where and how it starts. Water leaks can originate inside or on the outside of your home.

Outside, dirty gutters and heavy downpours that lead to runoff are typical sources of water damage, while inside, bathroom fixtures and large appliances often can be the start of issues.

Pipes that have worn down due to age or caulking that has eroded away around windows can also cause a buildup of excess moisture. When a leak is unidentified and allowed to persist it can leave your home with mold growth or even issues in your walls and floors.

Appliances can begin to rust or stop working altogether when there is too much moisture or puddling water present. The sooner you are able to identify and address the source, the more the risk of damages can be lowered.

How to Prevent Damage

While only a little bit of water can do a great deal of destruction, there are plenty of ways to prevent and even stop damage. Early detection is the best way to avoid a disaster, so staying active in prevention means catching a problem will be a breeze.

In order to find a water issue, regularly check your bathrooms and kitchen for drips, puddles or signs of mold. The next time it rains, use your hands to check the windows to see if they are damp. Sniff the air around your home for smells and note musty odors.

Inspect your roof at least once a month and after the winds pick up for shingles that are loose or have gone missing. Clean your gutters year-round, and make sure water can flow away from your downspout areas by clearing them often.

Check the grading in your yard regularly and make sure there is a slope away from your foundation. Check guidelines for current defensible zone requirements to ensure you are maintaining your yard to code.

While these are primarily protection for wildfires, they can also help you prepare for flooding. Keeping your yard maintained is especially crucial during the winter, when the storms that hit our area can cause mudslides and flash flooding.

By adding easy steps into your housekeeping routines, you can prevent costly and time-consuming repairs. And you will finally have a resolution you actually kept!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.


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