No one likes to deal with water damage clean-up. After snow melts, flood waters recede, or you discover a broken pipe, the aftermath of water getting into your home is not a fun experience for any homeowner. What’s worse is that water damage can lead to serious health risks to your home’s occupants, including:
- Black mold
- Electrical shorts and electrocution
- Structural issues
- Pest infestation
- Poor air quality
- And more.
To avoid water damage clean-up requires proper preventative measures, as well as addressing the water damage as soon as possible – preferably by a professional team like the expert technicians at ServiceMaster West Tennessee. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to prevent water damage to your property.
Preventing Water Damage to your Property
Maintaining Your Gutters
- Start by cleaning all of the accumulated debris in the gutters. Debris blocks the flow of water down the drain, and leads to blockages, standing water, and overflow issues.
- Install gutter guards to save time and the repetitious hassle of cleaning out your gutters.
- Hose down gutters with a light cleaning agent to discourage mold growth.
- Inspect the gutters for damage, leaks, and holes.
- Make sure that downspouts are angled away from the foundation of the home and towards available storm drains.
Check the Deck
- If your home has decking, look for signs of water damage. This includes warped boards, raised nails, signs of rot, discoloration, and more.
- Prolonged exposure to weather and moisture can lead to significant structural damage that may put your family in serious danger, so be careful when testing the strength of your deck.
- Be sure to clean off any dirt and debris using a brush with a non-abrasive wood cleaner to gently scrub it off any stuck-on grime. Once the wood cleaner has dried, apply an outdoor sealant to prevent any further damage.
- Clean all of the vents and air ducts around your home. This includes laundry vents, soffits, AC units, and more. Poor ventilation due to debris and dust can lead to water being trapped in the vents, leading to poor circulation and pumping in mold spores throughout your home.
- Replace the filters for all of your HVAC systems units every three to six months (more often during high usage). This prevents units from overworking or cause moisture build-up.
- Due to the complicated nature of some home HVAC systems, it may a smart decision to hire a professional cleaning service to adequately address and service these problems ahead of time.
Look for Pests and Critters
- The spring months are when many insects and animals wake from hibernation. Therefore, it’s important to inspect your home for any signs of infestation. Look around the perimeter of your home. Pay attention to signs of pest activity (such as trails of dirt, animal droppings, carcasses, chewed wood dust, fallen nest material). Consider removing the pests either by sealing them in with caulk or paint, or by having them professionally removed by a pest infestation company.
Check the Condition of Your Roof
- For your roof, look for signs of slats missing or mold growth, or discoloration that indicates a potential leak. If you find one, check inside your home for signs. Typically, a roof leak may travel down the walls and rest on the ceiling of the floors below, so tracing the source of the leak can be difficult.
- Roof repairs are some of the most dangerous repairs you can make to your home, so you should consult a professional to evaluate your roof and make the required replacements.
Seal All Doors & Windows
- Check for air leakage in your home around the doors and windows, especially the molding. If you feel a draft or detect cooler air filtering in your home, chances are you have a leak.
- For doors and windows, use caulk and exterior paint to seal off any gaps.
- Install weather stripping on the bottoms of your doors to avoid water and air coming into your home.
Addressing Water Damage Clean-Up with ServiceMaster West Tennessee
If you’ve experienced water damage or you need professional assistance for water damage clean-up, ServiceMaster ServiceMaster West Tennessee is your restoration expert. Our experienced team of technicians offers water damage clean-up services for residential and commercial properties to help maintain your peace of mind and restore your standard of living. If you encounter water damage from flooding, mold growth, storms, and more, we are available 24/7 for emergency services. Contact us today!