While the weather can be calm and pleasant on certain days, it can get rough occasionally. Nature can have its way with the world at times. When that happens, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Water damage is common and could cause extensive damage to your home. By properly maintaining your home, you can avoid much of the damage caused. Here are some household safety measures that can help you reduce your water damage:
Inspect and clean out roof gutters
A leaky roof can cause a lot of damage to your house, sometimes much more than you’d expect. Roof leaks can damage the attic insulation and can often lead to other problems like mould growth. Invest a small amount now and have an inspection done by a reputable roofing contractor to prevent a far more costly damage in the future.
Document all belongings
Everyone knows that getting an insurance claim is a hassle. With the added stress of losing your valuables, you are further troubled by the agency. It’s best to have all the valuables and objects in the house documents with proper papers and pictures. Keep the documents in a waterproof container at a high level away from areas that could possibly get affected by water.
Chop tree branches
To prevent a certain extent of storm damage, trim the branches of trees, especially the ones closer to roofs. This could prevent major accidents in the future. A dead plant which otherwise seems harmless can be blown away by the strong storm wind and come crashing through your roof!
Periodically clean gutters and downspouts
Gutters often get clogged with leaves and other unnecessary waste, thus causing water accumulation. These are one of the major reasons for water getting accumulated around the house and on the street. In addition, inspect your downspouts, get rid of any downspout clogs, and downspout extension pipes to guide the water away from the house foundation.
Make sure water drains away from the building
Make sure that the ground slopes away from the house foundation by at least 6” over the first 10’. Even on the inside, make sure all that there is some gap between the bottom of the drywall and the basement floor to prevent it from catching any moisture.
Sometimes, certain events are inevitable. But there’s always help on the way. For water damage restoration services in Goulburn, Canberra, Batemans Bay and surrounding areas of NSW, contact us. Biosite Cleanup is available 24×7 to help you in your crisis.