Preventing Water and Flood Damage
Doing general maintenance around the house is the best way to prevent water intrusion thus mold. You may think it’s too cold outside to tackle some of these tasks, but don’t let it stop you from planning on what needs to happen this spring. Did you know as simple as cleaning your gutters it can help prevent foundation damage, rotted wood, roof leaks, insect infestation and basement leaks. If gutters are not cleaned and overflow with water it falls along the foundation wall allowing the soil to soften over time which will lead to foundation cracks. Any adjacent wood such as fascia and soffit boards are prone to damage if water is overflowing these areas. If gutters are not draining this will allow ice to build up later to migrate into the house causing moisture in the attics and ceiling leaks. Gutter debris attracts insects it’s the perfect habitat. Ensure any flashing and roof vents are caulked seasonally. Even in the home around wet areas should be addressed continually. If it’s too late and you already have cracks present make sure you caulk those areas to avoid water intrusion. If you think you may need assistance I may know someone that can help with crack injection. Wink… wink. Water spouts should be pointed downhill and free of obstruction to get proper drainage the further you can direct it from the house the better. It’s never a good idea to direct water sprinklers to the house as it may seep into those areas that rain typically would not hit. Going inside the home. Braided supply hoses are typically more expensive than the rubber supply hoses, but much safer and durable. You can find these braided supply hoses at your local hardware store. Remember the washer, toilet, sink and refrigerator supplies should all be braided lines. Make that checklist today to avoid addressing water damage or mold!