Once winter is over, the spring months bring on better weather – but also a potential for water damage. Homes and small businesses can experience damage due to flooding and moisture build-up. Worse, your insurance policy may not compensate you for spring-thaw flooding and backed-up sewers unless you’ve specifically purchased a rider for these purposes.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to prevent any potential water damage clean-up you may have. The expert team at ServiceMaster Advantage shared a few of their tips:
Preventing Water Damage
Homeowners should take preventative action to mitigate any potential water damage this spring. Some of our spring water damage tips are:
Plan Ahead to Safeguard Possessions
Secure a backup file that contains an accurate list of all your possessions in a safe place, such as a waterproof container, a safe deposit box, or an online database. This can include:
- Any insurance policies you have and the contact information of your agent
- An inventory of your major household possessions and valuables. Be sure to note these with photos or video of the physical items, as well as serial numbers and store receipts for major purchases. Obtain appraisals for any valuable artwork or jewelry.
- Irreplaceable documents such as financial records, personal documents, and family photos
Storage: Since water flows with gravity, be sure to keep valuable items out of your basement or at least a few feet off the floor.
Basement pumps: Install a sump pump or a sewer backflow valve to drain any water that may flow into your basement. Also, consider installing a water alarm to warn you when water begins to accumulate in your basement.
Remove any accumulated debris in your gutters regularly. For a more permanent solution, consider installing gutter guards that prevent large debris from falling in, such as tree branches, leaves, and animal nests.
Check Doors and Windows
Regularly inspect for any leaks around doors and windows. If you feel a draft, you can be sure that water can also get into your home.
Seal Exterior Walls
Ensure that all exterior walls of your home are well painted and sealed. Consider using caulk to further waterproof areas where paint won’t easily adhere. For foundation cracks, be sure to use waterproof concrete patches to fill in any spaces where water can filter through.
Secure Fuel tanks
Permanently anchor any fuel tanks. In the event of significant flooding, you don’t want to create a hazardous mixture of leaking fuel and water – especially if an electrical source is nearby.
Practice Smart Landscaping
Keep bushes and trees away from your home, as roots can tunnel into your home and may disrupt drainage systems. Also, preempt any potential damage from dying trees that may fall in the event of a flood or storm by cutting loose branches.
Keep Your Roof Intact
Your roof is one of the biggest priorities to prevent water damage from precipitation. Make sure to regularly inspect your roof and your home (i.e. discolored spots) for any signs of water damage.
Addressing Water Damage
You may be tempted to address any flood damage at home yourself. However, be forewarned that there are many hazards that can develop that may be fatal. This includes black mold, electrical shorts, chemical leaks, and more.
Instead, contact our team here at ServiceMaster Advantage. We are a trusted water damage clean-up company serving Harris, Montgomery, and Galveston Counties. Our office will communicate directly with your insurance company for a hassle-free experience. With years of service and a certified team of technicians, we can restore your property and get you back to normalcy as soon as possible.