Water damage  weakens your home’s foundation and  hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing serious structural damage. Termites and carpenter ants are attracted by damp wood; plus, it causes mold and mildew.

Here’s how to prevent water damage using three easy strategies that will give you peace of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

1. Ensure Good Drainage: A small thing that homeowners may not consider when taking measures to prevent water damage, is their gutters and downspouts. Taking preventive measures towards something miniscule like your gutters and downspouts can help you prevent larger, more costly damage in the future. Make sure to clean your gutters to avoid blockage, because if your gutters get blocked, it’s possible for water to build up and soak through your roof or walls. Also, make sure to regularly ensure your downspouts allow water to flow through properly, and are pointed away from your home. This way, any excess water will flow safely away from your home, avoiding any potential damage.

2. Check Your Sump Pump: Sump pump spring up during storms and hurricanes. That is not when you need to know yours isn’t working properly. You should check it at least once every year, and preferably carry out a few checks during the storm season.

3. Check for Water Leaks and Fix Them:  Persistent leaks lead to mold and mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (such as soft wood chewing). However, if you fix a leak soon after it starts, there might not be any long-term damage at all.

How to detect leaks:

  • Check for dark spots inside sink cabinets under pipes, stains on ceilings, and of course drips.
  • Check the toilet for leaks by removing the top off the tank and listening very closely.
  • Check the garden. Look at hoses, taps, and drip irrigation systems.
  • Check the shower head for leaks.
  • If you have a swimming pool, it is important to check to see if it has any leaks.
  • Inspect your rooftop at least once a year.

If you do happen to suspect water damage in your home, Pacific Flood Restoration is available 24/7 at pacificflood.com or (760) 815-3033. Give us a call today to schedule a free inspection!

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