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Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water leak in a Madeira,OH property

How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home

One of the most destructive forces in nature is water, and when it enters your Madeira, OH home, the damage can be devastating and costly. In addition to damage caused by the water itself, mold can easily form and ruin the integrity of your walls, flooring, and even the support beams. Understanding the many ways that you can find water in home, and how to prevent it from happening, are the best ways to stop water damage before it starts.

Sources of Water Leaks

You may wake up one day and find water in home stemming from one of several sources, including:

  • Structural leak: The roof, windows, doors, and other areas susceptible to cracking or normal wear and tear can leave the home vulnerable to water leaks
  • Broken pipe: A number of water pipes run throughout the home, and any one of these can crack or burst at any time during extreme cold weather, or simple wear and tear over time
  • Appliance leak: Toilets, washing machines, dish washers, and other household appliances can malfunction and allow water in home

Preventative Measures

While it is difficult to safeguard against every possible water source, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the chance that your home will suffer from water damage. Bad weather is likely the most destructive source of water leaks, so ensuring your roof, windows, and the overall structural integrity of your home is free of cracks. Should a leak form, repair the area quickly before a more destructive storm can make the area worse. Additionally, a broken pipe or break in a major appliance can leave huge puddles when left unchecked. Proper pipe cleanup and repair, as well as regular inspection on pipe integrity, will help keep your home safe. Finally, proper drainage in and around your home will prevent water from building up against your home and its foundation, which will in turn extend the life of your home’s structure. By regularly maintaining the integrity of your home, you can help prevent water damage before it starts.

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