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5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Water Damage
Of all the bad things that can happen to your home, water damage has to be one of the worst. It is also one of the most common causes of damage and loss within the home.
That’s why it is so important that you do whatever you can to protect your home from water damage, not only in the winter months, or when storm season comes around, but all year round. With that in mind, here are a few of the most effective ways you can start protecting your home from water damage right now.
Identify your stopcock
As a homeowner, it is of vital importance that you know where your stopcock is. Why? Because your stopcock will enable you to turn off the water supply should there be a leak or rupture in your pipes which could otherwise cause your home to flood severely. As soon as you notice a problem, turn it off and you will be able to limit the kind of water damage that emanates in the pipes, very effectively.
Where mower of us homeowners go wrong is that we do not check for leaks on the property until the consequences of them have already become dire.
If you want to avoid significant water damage on your property it is actually a really good idea to perform a regular leak check. From taps and washing machines to toilet bowls, once a month, check everything that can leak for any minor signs such as small puddles, drips, or moist patches and attend to them now before they become a bigger problem in the future.
Clean the gutters
Yes, an adjuster for storm damage claims, if they are good, can ensure that you get a decent payout for any damage caused to your home by adverse weather conditions, but wouldn’t it be easier to not need them at all. Repairing your home after a storm can be a big job, which is why it is easier to do simple things like getting rid of any dirt and debris from gutters, before a storm hits.
Gutters help to keep water safely away from your home where it can do damage, so if they are blocked, your property is in a precarious position. Get up there and clean them out regularly.
On a related note, if your roof is in poor condition and a storm hits, you could end up with significant leaks, So, make an effort to regularly inspect your roof for holes, loose tiles, cracks, and anything else that could let water in, and repair them before they get bigger and become a risk of not only letting water in but collapsing completely!
Keep the sump pump working
If you don’t want to end up with a flooded basement, then enduring that your sump pump is always in good working order is a must. Arranging for it to be serviced annually, and any issues repaired, will ensure that your basement is always safe and dry. Don’t let water damage ruin your home!