There are many reasons to prevent water damage. For one, it is one unpredictable liquid. For that reason alone, imagine the damage you think would happen if there was a minor roof leak, a pipe burst, or the water in a wall poured out into your home.
Now multiply it by 20. That’s the incredible power of a little bit of water allowed to flow throughout a home. It knows no bounds, moves wherever there is space.
What’s lurking behind the wall board, under the roofing, and in the attics could surprise you. Never believe the well-meaning friend who claims that you just need to let that leak “dry out.”
Water has a way of being a nuisance well before it is even discovered. The truth is that once you notice wallpaper or paint peeling off the ceiling, bubbling off a wall, or leaking out of a skylight, it is too late.
Wherever possible, preventing damage is the ideal. It will save you serious money, maintaining the value of your home, while giving your peace of mind that your investment is safe. If damage does occur, call a restoration company to help out.
The Envelope Protects Your Home
The roof, windows, foundation, and exterior walls prevent mother nature from coming inside. If any of these is suffering from neglect or disrepair, then you may be living on borrowed time.
A great way to deal with this is to invest time and money into maintaining the building envelope. Inspect windows twice a year. Do they open and close? If they are wood, is there rot? Then it might be a sign of some water problems. You might need to sand and reseal them. Prevent water from coming inside.
Clean the gutters, get gutter guards and prevent water and ice from log-jamming themselves under the roofing. Remember; water will go wherever it can and wherever it wants.
Always know the age of your roof. If you have not looked up there for a while, consider getting a roofer to come out and take a look at the roof. Otherwise, you could find some bad surprise later on down the road.
The same goes for siding. If you have become big on doing it yourself, without the training, you might be damaging your home. A lot of people love to power wash their house. While it might wash away debris, it can, unfortunately, introduce water underneath the siding.
Water under the siding is as good as entering your home. It could grow mold in there, and rot the wood and make a soggy mess where insulation is in the picture.
A leak in the home’s foundation is another mess waiting to happen. Leaks can be terribly expensive to fix depending upon how much of the home they encompass. Again, because water goes wherever it flows, it could run from the roof through a few floors worth of space.
Sometimes the flashing on a roof that secures the roof from a wall will give. If you catch this in time with a roof consultation, you can get it replaced. It is a very inexpensive fix and will save you tremendous pain and suffering at a later date.
Where you live, the home’s age, and region that you live in will all impact the degree of damage and any expectations to have some problems. For instance, if you live near the ocean you may be in grave danger from hurricanes, high winds, and flooding.
If you are burdened with cold temperatures, ice, and snow, then you will likely see damage from that if you do nothing to secure your house. People in tornado alley face issues from high winds and heavy rains.
Older homes pose a problem with just having older plumbing that can give at any moment. It pays to have a plumber come in and take a look at issues with exit lines that go to the sewer or septic, and throughout the home for potential wear and tear.
And, when we say old, it could be a home that is only 40 years old. Take note; it is not just grand Victorians that suffer wear and tear. Plumbing issues are more prone to seep merely rather than burst. It means that problems are more insidious than if it breaks the pipe, because the water sits and festers, and can run down the line of plumbing throughout your home.
Why Not Dry It Out?
In the case of repairing the flashing and letting a leak “dry out” leaves one big question mark. That is if there are mold spores growing on the walls or ceiling. It can cause a lot of health concerns that are dangerous to its residents.
In tornado alley, or faced with hurricanes and flooding, the damage can be overwhelming because the entire home can get walloped by water, and then fester in it.
The best way to deal is by preparing the home before the storm hits. It is hard to do with a tornado because they are unpredictable. Though, with a hurricane, have impact-resistant glazing on the windows and put up your hurricane shutters. Take other precautions, such as putting away any potential projectiles that are outside the home.
The next step beyond preparing your home is to have it insured. Always check your homeowners policy to ensure you have the right coverage. If you are in a flood zone, ensure that you buy flood insurance. High wind coverage is a must-have for anyone dealing with hurricanes too.
Make sure at the least your coverage will pay to rebuild your house. Be sure you keep up-to-date on the premiums and that you are prepared to pay the deductibles to make any claims.
Be prepared and hope for the best. It take the time to maintain your home, practice prevention, and have an update homeowners policy.