The winter months are the leading season for water damage problems, most of which can be avoided with a little proper preparation.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) January 24, 2014
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on the best methods for avoiding water damage in their home. The winter months are the leading season for water damage problems, most of which can be avoided with a little proper preparation. Many of the problems associated with water could be easily rectified through the use of some pre-emptive action, taking the steps necessary to make sure water damage doesn’t get a foothold on the home and start eating away at your most expensive investment.
Water damage is commonly found around household appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators. These appliances should be checked regularly for leaks and any that are discovered should be promptly repaired. Remember that even a slight leak can cause serious damage if left untreated for an extended time. Proper water damage restoration services may be required to correct the problem.
The most frequent source of home water damage comes in the form of roof leaks, and these are more common up north where freezing weather is more common. Your roof should be inspected annually for signs of wear or damage, and any needed repairs should be taken care of promptly. The roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and as such should be taken care of with the utmost attention.
Property owners should also take the time to maintain their exteriors, such as gutters and downspouts, making sure they are free and clear of leaves and other debris which may impede the water flow. Downspouts should extend ten feet from the home to prevent groundwater from settling back in too close to the structure. Likewise, the angle of the yard should slope away from the home, draining water out and away from the property.
Water damage may also be cause by damage to seals around windows and doors. Most builders use sealants in doors and windows to prevent water damage, but these have a limited life span and after a few years will need to be replaced. Inspect all openings for signs of access by rainwater, and repair any seals that are in need of attention.
Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration and mold remediation services in the US, with providers in 30 states, 24/7 availability, and same day emergency service. They are certified by the Clean Trust (IICRC) and Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.