The rainy season is here in the Tri-Cities of Washington State. With that many homes are susceptible to water damage in various areas. Here’s our tips on how to prevent water damage in your home.
While most cases of water damage can be repaired if you work with the right certified professionals, it is still a costly burden that people will aim to avoid. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your property doesn’t become the victim of such damage, including all of the below.
Maintain The Roof
The deterioration of your roof can lead to water seeping into the top of the house without you having even the slightest inkling that it is happening. As such, it is a good idea to check the roof on a regular basis, particularly with older houses, so that you can identify problem areas and get them patched up.
Clean The Gutters
A lot of people fail to clean their gutters on a regular basis, which can lead to all sorts of sediment building up and blocking the passage of water from the house. In some cases, this water can start to cause damage on the exterior of the property, especially if it has nowhere to go but down the side of the wall due to the blockage.
Keep Windows Sealed
You should check your windows on a regular basis to make sure that they are properly sealed and preventing water from coming into the house. Look for signs of black mold on the corners of the windows, as this indicates that the sealant is not doing its job properly and you need to have somebody come in to repair it before the problem gets any worse.
Check Interior Structural Beams
If there are any wooden beams that are vital to the structure of your house that are visible to you, be sure to check them on a regular basis. Examine the wood to see if there are any signs of damp and remember that if they feel spongy this may be indicative of a problem somewhere in the property that needs to be remedied.
Look For Cracks
There are many things in the house that will encounter water on a regular basis, from the pipes through to sinks and toilets. Each of these needs to be checked fairly often so that you can look for signs of wear and tear. Remember that no part of the house, no matter how well made, is completely immune to the effects of aging, so check anything that comes into regular contact with water to make sure it is still up to the task.