Preventing Water Damage this Winter/Fall Season
It's been a rough year weather-wise, and the holidays are coming up. Are you prepared?
Although expensive water damage repairs are the last thing you want to think about right now, there are a few things you can do to lessen your risk of requiring water damage restoration and enjoy the winter months worry-free.
Keep your gutters clean
Leaves, sticks and other debris collect in your gutters quicker than you think, and when you add rainwater to the mix, the standing water can wreak havoc on your roof, resulting in costly repairs.
Take a look at your roof
A leak in your roof can trickle down to other areas of the house, drenching your insulation and causing rot and mold to add to your repair bill.
Check your valves
Make a habit of opening cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms to make sure they aren't dripping. Know where your main water valve is and how to shut it off if you need to. If your pipes aren't heat protected, make sure to disconnect outdoor hoses and valves to lessen the risk of bursting a pipe in extremely cold weather.
Inspect your appliances
This may be a good time to pull your water-dependent appliances from the walls and check to make sure there isn't any standing water or damaged hoses. Dishwashers and washing machines are notorious culprits for hidden leaks.
Repair seals and caulking
Even the tiniest crack can be the start of a bigger problem. Take a walk around the house with a caulking gun to check around your toilets, bathtubs, sinks and windows to nip a potential problem in the bud.
While these measures are good maintenance tips, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. If the worst happens, Fresh Air is always prepared to help. Our licensed, experienced technicians provide affordable services, including water removal, dry up, disaster and sewage cleanup, and more.