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Prevent a Water Damage Disaster

flooded homePreventing water damage cleanup to your Redmond home is a lot cheaper that paying for major repairs later on. Water damage is the number one reason that can weaken the foundation of your home. When water damage hits the center of your home, this could cause serious structural damage. Having damp wood can lead to termites or even carpenter ants. Not only will it attract insects, this could cause the growth of mold and mildew in your home, decreasing the air efficiency in your home. Here below are some great tips to follow to help prevent water damage to your home.

Drainage System

Make sure your home has proper draining to prevent and flood damage to your home. Having poor drainage to your home can weaken the foundation that can cause cracks or have uneven settling to your home. A gutter that is clogged at your house will send excess amounts of water flowing down your house where it is not needed or not suppose to go. This could damage the siding on your house or even damage the foundation to your home. Along with your gutter, make sure your downspout can direct water at least 5 to 10 feet away from your house. Check to see if your lawn has a slope of at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from the foundation of your home. This will help prevent walls from leaning, having cracked masonry, or even concrete leaks.

Sump Pumps

Be sure to always check your sump pumps regularly. You will definitely be grateful you did this when a storm strikes your Redmond home. You do not want to be in the middle of a storm and realize your sump pump is not working the way is should. A good rule of thumb to follow is to check your pump every 6 months. You should even check it during a storm to make sure everything is flowing properly. You can test your pump by filling it up with water and checking to make sure the float goes up, and the pump turns on. Once your pump turns on, the water level should then begin to fall. If you have a backup pump, you can then test it the same way. Be sure to unplug your main pump first to allow the backup pump to kick on.

Is Your Home Leaking?

You should always check to make sure you do not have any leaks in your home to prevent water damage cleanup. Having leaks in your home could cause structural damage and could even lead to mold and mildew in your home. If you notice a leak, you should fix it immediately. The longer you put off the leak in your home, the greater risk you have of having termites in your home or have severe structural damage that could cost you a lot of money that could have been prevented. At least once a year you should check your roof on your home to ensure that there are no shingles missing or any repairs needed.

If your home or property suffers from water damage contact a water damage cleanup professional to help you in your time of need! They have the training and experience necessary to help get your property back to normal.

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