Water damage is a problem that often appears out of nowhere. A flood or storm can devastate your home or business in a minute’s notice. An unchecked leak can rot wooden structures or compromise your foundation without you noticing it until it’s too late. If your residential or commercial property is in need of water damage restoration, contact Menold Construction and Restoration. We have the experts, experience, and equipment necessary to contain the damage and to restore your property to its pre-loss condition.
There are, however, things you can do to limit the risk of water damage and in some cases, prevent it from happening in the first place.
- Maintain proper drainage on your property. Clean out your gutters and keep downspouts free of debris and directing water five to ten feet from your house.
- Monitor your water bill. An uncommonly high water bill might mean you have a leak hidden in your plumbing.
- Test your sump pump. Check it every few months and clean it annually before spring rains come.
- Inspect your roof and windows on a regular basis. Don’t wait until there is a hole in your ceiling or a puddle on your floor to see if all is well. Check for missing shingles and cracked windows to prevent rain and moisture from getting in your home.
- Prepare for the winter. Insulate pipes in attics and basements and those exposed to the exterior so they don’t freeze. Also, disconnect your garden hose when temperatures drop below freezing.
- Quickly dry and clean your home if it does suffer water damage. Termites, carpenter ants, and spiders can take advantage of wet conditions and move into your property. Also keep any moist areas well ventilated to help expedite the drying process.
Remember, water damage can also leave you and your family exposed to health risks. Mold flourishes in damp and dark places, exactly the conditions presented by water damage. Make sure to quickly dry and ventilate areas exposed to heavy moisture so mold and mildew don’t have time to take up residence in your home.