Water Damage Prevention Tips for Everyone

Springtime in many parts of the country is well known for stormy weather and tornado activity. Recent weeks brought massive rain, wind, and hail storms across portions of the United States. These storms have proved destructive on several fronts, causing extensive property damage due to strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, and overflowing storm drain. 

Tornadoes are often accompanied by barbarous winds, hail, and unrelenting rain. These storms damage roofs, skylights, trees, fences, buildings, and whatever else that is in their way. Agile winds toss cars and trucks as though they are mere cardboard boxes. They hurl roof shingles off homes and let rain and hail cause moist carpeting, ceilings, flooring, and furniture. Rainstorms flooding basements and crawl spaces bringing about enormous water damages and fiscal woes to property owners. The result of tornadoes, massive winds, and rainstorms are oftentimes pathways of destruction and disaster-stricken communities.

Not much water devastation from these types of storms could be wholly avoided. Most importantly, homeowners will need to know that regular home care and storm preparedness are the first steps in the house and personal safety. Although it is not possible to prevent wind and rainstorms, it’s likely to lessen the impact of water harm stemming from such storms.

Ahead of the rainy season starts and after every substantial wind, hail or rainstorm, inspecting both outsides and within the home and making necessary repairs may determine how well the home fares at a future storm situation. Outside the home, checking the gutters to be certain that they aren’t blocked with dried leaves and debris ought to be included in a simple home upkeep regimen. Homeowners must analyze the roof to make sure there are no missing or loose shingles. Roof review also includes assessing the flashing around the chimney to make sure it is tight and won’t permit water flow in. In addition, the floor around the home should be sloping away from the house, differently, rainwater will pool around the house, potentially damaging the base, causing flood and water damage to occur.

Inside the home, assessing and keeping appliance water line connections, like washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator hoses regularly goes a long way toward minimizing the possibility of water damages. Toilets, showers, sinks, and bathtubs will need to be regularly checked for leaks as well as mold discoloration and musty odors. Any discoloration on ceilings or walls has to be investigated and attended to because it might be indicative of water flows. Water heaters last an average of eight years. But they might become rusty and may leak at any moment, thus a drain pan leading to an outside outdoor drain is a must.

Not many water damages from storms and flooding will be eliminated using a home maintenance routine, but normal care will certainly go a long way in many cases to decrease potential harm. Tornadoes and the massive wind, hail, and rainstorms that accompany them may cause tremendous damages for homeowners, cities, and municipalities. Taking responsibility for one’s house will decrease many disagreeable storm and flood situations. But when faced with water damage emergencies, professional water damage restoration companies can remove, dry, and clean up flooding and fix the assumptions to pre-emergency ailments.

Read more information to prevent home flooding in this article and the way to prevent basement flooding here. For flood water damage repair and mold remediation support, contact your regional PuroClean office. Click here to learn more.