Water damage can wreak havoc in a home, causing very bad damage what will cause large repair bills if you are not properly insured. Fortunately, there are some prevention tips that you can take against water damage.
Prevent Sewer Backup
Sewer backup has to be the worst type of water damage there is. As you can imagine, all of the contaminants from this type of water damage could cause humans or animals to become sick if they are exposed. Sewer backups typically occur after a very heavy rainfall. The sewers in the city can fill up with water and then the water has nowhere else to go except back inside your home through the main sewer line. One very good way of preventing a sewer backup such as this is to install a backup or backflow valve.
Here’s an informative video on how to reduce the risk of basement flooding: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ1qwTL1qNI
Another main cause of water damage is ground water coming into your home through your sump pit. You can also install a sump pump that can be used to pump any excess ground water away from your home.
Prevent Water Damage from Roof, Eaves trough or Windows
You should regularly check for any leaks around your doors and windows, especially around the corners. Look for paint that is peeling, which is a big sign that water is getting in the wood. Look for discolouration in the paint or caulking also, as well as swelling in the door frames and windows.
You should repair any type of roof damage that you have to prevent water damage. Replace any shingles around an area that allows water to get into the roof sheathing. Leaks are very common around attic vents and chimneys.
You should also double check with your insurance provider to make sure you have adequate coverage.