It’s a joy when summer finally comes to Springfield, MO, but with it comes summer storm season. Flooding and water damage can hit your home at any time. Before the next big storm hits, there are some steps you can take to prevent water damage from devastating your home. These tips can help minimize or even prevent water damage.
Check Your Sump Pump
Sump pumps are an excellent investment to help keep water out of your basement. Make it a point to check your sump pump every few weeks to ensure it’s working correctly. Sump pumps require electricity, so an alternate power source is a good idea in the event you lose power during a summer storm.
Check the Drainage Around Your Home
Make sure your rain gutters are clean! Clogged rain gutters are a common cause of water sitting against the foundation and seeping into the basement. This inexpensive but important chore can save you thousands of dollars in water damage repair. Check to ensure the downspouts are angled away from the foundation and discharge the water 8 to 10 feet from your home. Finally, remove any overgrown trees and shrubbery from around the building as it can grow into the foundation and clog drainage pipes.
Be Aware of Water Leaks
Check for dark spots on walls and ceilings in your home, cracked and broken caulking in the shower, and damp and musty smells under your sink. All of these are signs that you have slow water leakage in your home. Over time, those tiny leaks will become a much bigger issue and can cause extensive water damage.
Replace and Repair Older Major Appliances
Old hoses and rusted pipes are often the culprits when your dishwasher, washing machine, or water heater starts spewing water everywhere. If your appliances are more than seven years old, consider replacing them with newer models that are more energy efficient and less likely to malfunction and cause water damage.
Sometimes, you can do everything to prevent water damage and it still finds its way into your home. ServiceMaster DSI in Springfield, MO is immediately available to help with storm damage restoration and water damage restoration 24/7/365. Contact us at (417) 895-9685.