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Preventative Measures You Can Take To Avoid Water Damage in Your Home

Water may be vital to all life, but it can also be one of the most destructive forces on Earth. When water ends up in places it shouldn’t be within your home, the results can be devastating, ranging from minor stains to mold and structural decay. 

That’s why you must proactively protect your home against water-related disasters. The water damage specialists of Apex Disaster Specialists Louisiana, LLC have some practical tips to avoid a costly and potentially dangerous situation. 

Indoor Strategies To Prevent Water Damage 

Water can infiltrate your home from inside and outside, so you must address issues in both areas. The following are some of the best ways to prevent water damage from inside. 

Take Care of the Plumbing

Plumbing leaks are the most common source of water problems in any home. Cracks in pipes can release gallons of water, drain clogs can cause backups, and appliances can malfunction and leak water.

Because plumbing problems aren’t always obvious until you spot water damage, regular inspections of the water and drain lines can catch them before they wreak havoc. Check areas prone to leaks, like sinks, toilets, and appliances, and make repairs. Installing leak detectors in hard-to-reach areas can also alert you to problems so you can respond quickly. 

Monitor Water Usage and Pressure 

A sudden increase in your water bill can indicate a costly leak. Keep your budget intact with careful water bill monitoring and investigate any unexpected increases. 

Staying on top of the water pressure can also help prevent strain on the plumbing system that can cause pipes to leak or burst. High water pressure of over 100 psi can result in pipe failure. Use a pressure gauge to measure the force of the water in your system, and if it’s too high, have a plumber install a regulator to ensure the pressure stays at a safe level. 

Water flow monitoring can also help stop devastating plumbing problems. The monitor connects to the main water line, measuring how much water flows into your house and stopping it automatically if the flow isn’t consistent with typical usage.

Check Windows and Doors 

Improperly sealed windows and doors are perfect entry points for water during heavy rainstorms. Seepage can get into the frames, surrounding drywall, and floors and cause damage, so stay alert to signs of a problem like water stains, mold, bubbling paint, crumbling drywall, and insect activity. 

Caulking maintenance can keep this from happening. Check the windows and doors for leaks and signs of damage, and apply fresh caulking and weather stripping to create tight seals. 

Outdoor Strategies To Prevent Water Damage

Taking care of your home’s exterior to address some of the most common entry points for water can stop the problem before it even starts. 

Maintain the Roof 

Do you know the condition of your roof? Is there trouble brewing that you aren’t aware of? The roof is your first line of defense against the elements, and even a small leak can cause water damage in the attic that can spread, so it’s critical to keep up with maintenance. 

This includes performing roof inspections at least once a year to catch and repair problems like missing and damaged shingles, loose flashing, cracks, leaks, and loose gutters. Downspout and gutter cleaning in the spring and fall keeps them in good condition and ensures rain runoff flows away from the roof and foundation, preventing damage. 

Pay Attention To Drainage 

Water flowing toward your home every time it rains can cause soil erosion, which lets moisture seep into the concrete and cause cracks and water damage. Landscaping your property to direct water away from the house keeps this from happening. This could require relating the property to a better slope or installing downspout extensions or French drains. 

Let Apex Disaster Specialists Louisiana, LLC, Deal With Water Damage 

If your home sustains water damage despite taking preventative measures, Apex Disaster Specialists Louisiana, LLC, is standing by to help with professional cleanup and restoration. Our trained, IICRC-certified water damage specialists can solve even the most destructive problems caused by plumbing leaks, sewer backups, storm flooding, and more to restore your home as soon as possible. 

To get fast help when you’re facing a disaster, call (337) 548-4571 or request an estimate online

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