The winter months generally spark a considerable increase in water damage reports;
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) January 16, 2012
RestorationLocal.com, one of the leading providers of water damage services in the country, is advising property owners to be vigilant this winter when it comes to avoiding water damage and the problems that go along with it. The winter months generally spark a considerable increase in water damage reports; however, some proactive inspection and prevention can help minimize any damage that may occur.
Roofs should be inspected for any signs of damage. Missing or damaged shingles and flashing may provide access to the home by water, or melting ice, or snow runoff. Stains on the roof may provide evidence that water is able to gather there (also known as puddling), which may put undue strain on the roof and even cause it to run the risk of collapse.
Roofs should also be inspected from the inside of the attic. If there is any light visible, that means a break or a crack in the seal. The area should be resealed and caulked to prevent water from coming in.
Gutters and downspouts should be kept clean and free of obstructions. Once snow begins to melt, a great deal of water will be running through those gutters, so it is important that they be able to handle the flow. Overflowing gutters can send water flowing in all kinds of directions, and not always the desired ones. Downspouts should properly channel water away from the home.
If water damage is discovered, even if it appears to be a minor leak, then it should be repaired and dried up as quickly as possible. Water damage will not improve on its own; it must be properly repaired and all of the water cleaned up. If not, the leak will get worse over time, and left alone long enough, it will produce subsequent problems such as mold.
Based in Cleveland OH, RestorationLocal.com is one of the leading water damage restoration companies. They advise professional water restoration and mold remediation services, since many cases are deeper and more involved than they initially appear, and it is important that all of the water be removed and everything completely dried out in order to avoid subsequent problems. More information on water damage prevention and treatment can be found at their website.