Storms and heavy rain can cause unexpected water damage to your property. Common causes of water in your home or business include leaking roofs, clogged gutters, sewage backup, and damaged foundations. Living in a community surrounded by natural water sources can also increase these occurrences of minor flooding. Even without extreme weather and rain, cold months can cause pipes to freeze and burst if precautions are not in place to prevent the effects of standing water. Keeping a schedule of regular maintenance and implementing preventative measures have been proven to reduce the chances of water damage due to heavy rains and other natural disasters.
Steps to Preventing Water Damage
Creating a plan for routine checks and maintenance can make a big difference when it comes to being prepared for unexpected storms. Here are some steps you should consider including:
Check your gutters for debris that could be blocking proper water flow and drainage. Clogged gutters can cause overflow and damage foundations as well as flooded basements.
Look for water leaks around your house. Small drips can add up to big problems if left unnoticed. Water not only damages floors, cabinets and other materials, but ongoing moisture also creates a breeding ground for mold growth and other bacteria.
When fixing clogged sinks, bathtubs, and toilets, use a drainage snake instead of unclogging chemicals. Chemicals can erode and eat away at your pipes from the inside out, causing damage over time. Using a drainage snake is a safe and cost effective alternative.
Know where your water lines run before planting around your home. Invasive roots can damage foundations and underground water lines if you’re not careful.
Let water drip from your faucet during cold months. Water expands when frozen, causing pipes to burst and water to flood your home or property. Letting your faucet drip keeps the water flow moving and prevents standing water from becoming frozen.
In the unfortunate event that you do experience water damage or flooding on your property, Jenkins Restorations has a team of certified professionals ready to assist you. We use the latest IICRC techniques and OSHA approved equipment to ensure a complete and thorough drying of the affected area. With emergency services available 24/7, we’re onsite quickly, no matter what time you need us. Once the water is removed and all the surfaces are dried out, we will assess the area for any residual damage. If additional repairs are needed, a dedicated project manager will walk you through the steps for complete restoration.