Far from being a minor concern, damage by water is one of the most destructive things that can happen to a property. Whether it’s caused by defective plumbing, heavy rain or even condensation, water damage can do serious and lasting harm to your home. By fixing water leaks, ensuring good drainage and taking steps to defend your home against flooding, it can be prevented.
- Dripping pipes. Make sure that cracked, corroded or loose pipes are fixed promptly. Even a small leak can cause big problems if it’s not addressed.
- Missing shingles. Roof shingles that are loose, broken or missing altogether allow water to enter your home. Have them fixed as soon as you notice them, and check your roof regularly — especially after storms or high winds.
- Cracked caulking. Damaged or deteriorating caulking, whether it’s outdoors or indoors around baths, showers and sinks, can allow water to enter where it shouldn’t. Don’t ignore it.
- Dark stains. Be aware of dark spots on ceilings, under exposed pipes, around windows or doors, and near places where condensation occurs. These are signs of water damage which need to be addressed.
- Appliances. Keep an eye on water heaters, washers, humidifiers, air conditioning and other appliances that either use water or create condensation. They can be a source of water damage.
- Make sure your yard slopes away from your foundations.
- Ensure that downspouts direct water away from the house.
- Clean out guttering regularly.
Install a sump pump in your basement or crawlspace to pump away water. Your sump pump is your first line of defense against a dangerous buildup of water in the spaces under your home, so check it regularly and keep it well maintained. You should check your sump pump at least once a year, and more frequently during storm season.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can protect your home against water damage, Arpi’s Industries Ltd. have been your local experts for more than 50 years. Contact us for advice on water damage and any other topics related to HVAC.
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