Preventing Water Damage

Damaged wooden floor -Ruined flooring from moisture and water from bathroom

There are just as many preventions as there are causes. Being proactive in preventing water damage is usually less expensive than repairing damage after it happens.

Keep the basement dry as it’s the most common place to find damage. Flooding, burst pipes, and even clogged gutters can cause leaks. Pitching the landscape, cleaning the gutters, and installing downspout extensions are simple outdoor fixes. From the inside, install a sump pump and water alarm. Have the basement inspected for waterproofing or have some installed.

Cleaning a gutter and sloping the landscape can be a free, DIY activity if the necessary tools are available. Downspout extensions can cost as little as $50, depending on how many are needed. The savings are incredible considering basement cleanup and repairs can run upwards of $10,000.

One of the simplest proactive steps is getting an annual plumbing inspection. These are often free or free with other services. The plumber will inspect all visible plumbing including fixtures, pipes, appliances, and drains.

They diagnose and fix small problems before they become big ones. They can also tell you the best time to replace worn fixtures and appliances.

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