Flooding can cause severe damage to your home. It can destroy the infrastructure of your home, cost a lot of money, and cause a variety of health risks. Sadly, there is very little a homeowner can do to avoid flooding from a storm. However, there are a lot of steps you can take to prevent flooding caused by other factors. Here are five ways to help prevent water damage to your home.
Clean Your Gutters
Rain gutters are one of the primary causes of flooding and water damage. When gutters get blocked by leaves, animal nests, and debris, they are unable to drain properly. So the water backups and ultimately the pressure builds until it begins to leak into your home. It’s a good idea to inspect your gutters every three months and clean them if there is any build-up. You can also consider installing a gutter guard to prevent buildup.
Trim Your Landscaping
Trees and bushes are a wonderful addition to your yard. However, their roots can grow and wrap around your water pipes. This can lead to the pipes cracking or breaking and flooding your home. Large trees can also present a problem if during a storm a limb breaks and falls on your roof. This can cause severe damage that can lead to a leaking roof.
Check Appliances Regularly
Household appliances like your dishwasher, washing machine, and water heater can all cause flooding. Fortunately, there are usually signs that an appliance is about to go. Check the appliance routinely to make sure that there are no signs or symptoms that they are about to break. If there is any sign of leakage, do not use them until they are fully repaired.
Monitor Your Water Bill
Sadly, a lot of the time homeowners don’t notice a leak until it has turned into a flood. A good way to monitor if you may have a leak is to check your water bill. If you notice that your water usage is starting to increase, you may be experiencing a leak. In that case, you’ll want to have your home inspected to find the source of the excess water usage.
Install A Water Detection Device
Water detection devices are a great way to monitor your home for any kind of flooding. They are a small electronic that monitors moisture levels around the home. If the moisture level is too high, it will sound an alarm. This is useful because even without flooding, excess moisture can cause a variety of problems like cracking foundations, pests, and health problems. A water detection device can help prevent all of these issues.
Taking these steps can help you avoid water damage in your home. However, sometimes flooding is unavoidable. In those cases, Rainbow International of Central Oregon is here to help. We offer water damage remediation services that can help you clean up your home after it has been flooded. We assess the full extent of the damage and make sure that the problem is fully resolved and your home is safe to enter. Give us a call if you ever need our help.