19.6.2014 | 09:33
In the previous post, we learnt how regular maintenance of gutters and inspection of the house can help prevent water damage. In this post, we will be learning about more ways in which water damage prevention can be made possible. Take a look.
You should definitely be looking for some renovations in your house in case there are some replacements or repairs to be made. You can think about installing French drains around the perimeter of your house. Constant rain and inefficient draining can cause a lot of problems in your roofing. As the water keeps seeping in, you will hardly be left with any options to let the water out. So check out the drainage options in the roof as well. Remember, insurance doesn’t do well in case of water damage. Therefore, preventive measures are your best bet.
- Property Placement
This is an important factor that must definitely be kept in mind by people who are living in areas that are prone to flooding. However, even if you are not, water damage can still be expected. Pay a lot of attention to the basement of the house and this region is badly affected, regardless of the kind of water damage experienced by your house. Your costly furniture, small properties, useful properties and important papers must never be kept in the basement or you risk losing them forever. Basically, any valuables, expensive items or anything that needs to be claimed in the future must never be kept in the basement. Try to keep them on a different floor, preferably not the ground floor. If you cannot do this, just make sure that you keep them at the highest level possible or to a different storage area altogether.
- Act Quickly
Rainy season and pipe busting issues are quite common reasons for water damage and so is flooding. Therefore, as soon as you realize that any one of them has become inevitable, you should be taking a few precautionary measures. First of all, shut down all the power breakers in the house as well as natural gas or other fuel pipes and supplies. Then, try to make a few provisions like shutting all the doors and windows and using boards and mats, opening the gutters and other water channelization drains so that as less water damages your house as possible. Finally, call a water damage restoration (in case of a busted pipe opt for emergency services) and get the repairs done as soon as possible.