Water Damage: Common Causes and Prevention Tips
Water damage can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare and should never be taken lightly or neglected. The effects can be harmful to you, your family and your house if not taken care of in a timely manner. Preventing water damage is easier than you may think and is absolutely necessary because, if it’s ignored, the consequences can be extremely costly.
Common Causes of Water Damage
Your home can experience water damage from a number of sources. Some of the major causes include:
- Leaky dishwashers
- Broken pipes
- Overflowing washing machines
- Roof leaks
- Foundation cracks
- Leaky windows and doors
- Poor exterior siding
- Faulty gutters
- Sump pump failure
Whenever and however water enters your home, there’s potential for water damage. Although the causes of water damage can be from a number of different sources, the effects that come from unwanted water in the home remain fairly constant, including the growth and spreading of mold and mildew, possible contamination of black water which can contain pathogens and can cause serious health risks, and damage to appliances, wiring and gas lines, just to name a few.
How to Prevent Water Damage
There are a number of ways to help prevent unwanted water from entering your home. Preparation and preventative maintenance steps are very important and will save you a lot of time, stress and money if you do experience a flood or other heavy precipitation.
Maintain Proper Drainage
Clean and properly functioning gutters will help water flow away from your foundation, and make sure your yard slopes downward from your foundation.
Test Your Sump Pump
Routinely test to make sure your sump pump is working properly by filling it with water slowly and check to see if the float rises and in return the water levels fall. If this doesn’t happen, then you need to repair or replace your sump pump.
Check for Any Leaks Around the House
Go around your house and check for any dark spots under pipes, stains on the ceilings or walls and any other dripping water. It’s important to check your roof as well for any leaks and repair any missing or damaged shingles and install weather-stripping on the bottom of drafty, uneven doors.
Check Your Exterior Siding
Limit water damage via exterior siding by using one of the many types of non-porous siding materials. Wood siding can rot and warp which can lead to water damage, moisture and pest problems.
Living in Western Montana, you know that your home will face a variety of heavy weather conditions. The professionals at SERVPRO of Missoula provide water damage mitigation and restoration services. If you ever have water damage, call us at 406-327-9500. We will be there to clean up the mess 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and make it "Like it never even happened."