Preventing water damage is a whole lot cheaper than paying for repairs. Here are some easy prevention tips.

Water damage is the No. 1 culprit that weakens your home’s foundation and the very core that holds your house together. Water damages can be very serious and compromise the health and strength of you home beside inviting unwanted guests such as termites and carpenter ants plus it could cause mold and mildew all of which are expensive to fix. Start with good drainage. From the roof to the gutters to the side walks make sure that all are clean of debris and that there are no areas where water can accumulate during a rainy downpour. 

The downspout should direct the water at least 5 to 10 feet away from your home. If your house is surrounded by trees you might want to clean the gutters before winter and freezing starts. Ensure that debris are removed and that all downspout have free-flowing water when you direct a water hose into them. If there are any leaks you will be able to see them and repair right away.

Sidewalks with unstable stones or cement that are near the house should be fixed so that water does not accumulate into them and become an entry point to your foundation. Your yard should be sloped at least 6 inches over a 10 foot span away from your foundation helping to keep water away from it. Too much water accumulating near the foundation could cause walls to lean, crack the masonry and create leaks.

If you have a sump pump you should test it regularly before the storms come  to make sure it is working properly. A flooded basement is not the time to find out that the pump is not working.

If you find a water leak somewhere in and around your home fix it right away to avoid long-term damages and expensive repair bills. Check for dark spots under the pipes inside the sink cabinet, stains on the ceilings, toilets that rock and drip. Do a roof inspection at least once a year, especially after winter and repair missing, loose and damaged shingles as soon as weather permits. Check the caulking around the flashing and windows and make sure that it is not cracked which could allow the water to penetrate.

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