No matter how hard you try to keep your house dry, water may still find a way to enter your home. And unfortunately, the presence of water can cause significant damage to your home which could result in expensive repairs. So prevention is key. We want to help you protect your home from water damage before it occurs. Proper maintenance and a few preventative actions may make a world of difference when the next major storm hits. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Keep gutters and downspouts clean
Gutters and downspouts direct rainwater away from your home. But they frequently become clogged with leaves and debris. If that debris gets stuck and begins to build up, the water in your gutters won’t flow as intended. And the gutters will eventually overflow, pooling water on the ground that will seep down and surround the foundation of your home—which creates a passel of potential water damage problems. Be sure to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to avoid this problem.
Fix leaks promptly
Nobody likes leaky pipes and faucets. Often, we are tempted to put off repairs for a more convenient time. However, unrepaired leaks can cause extensive water damage if ignored. So fixing any leaks as soon as you notice them is important. If you don’t want to repair the leak, a professional plumber can help you.
Install a sump pump
If your home is in an area prone to flooding, a sump pump can protect your home from water damage. Sump pumps remove water from your basement or crawlspace, preventing flooding from damaging your home. Contact your local foundation repair specialists at Virginia Foundation Solutions to learn about sump pumps.
Install crawl space encapsulation
If your home has a crawl space, chances are it is unprotected and open for intrusion from pests and water. Crawlspace encapsulation is an easy way to seal off this critical part of your home and protect it from future damage. The process may also help improve the overall air quality of your home as an added bonus!
The licensed professional at Virginia Foundation Solutions offers free inspections. Call today to find out how well your foundation is holding against the effects of water and seasonal changes.