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The Crucial Role of Maintenance in Preventing Winter Water Damage

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

As the cold, rainy months approach, it's essential to take proactive measures to safeguard your home and business from potential water damage. Neglecting maintenance during this season can lead to a host of issues, including leaks, flooding, and mold growth. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of regular upkeep and offer tips on preventing water damage.

  1. Gutters & Downspout Maintenance –

Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water overflow, causing damage to your roof, siding, and foundation. Regularly clean gutters to ensure proper drainage and consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris buildup.

  1. Roof Inspection –

A well-maintained roof is your first line of defense against water intrusion. Check for missing or damaged shingles, and promptly address any issues to prevent leaks. Consider hiring a professional for a comprehensive roof inspection before the rainy season.

  1. Seal Windows & Doors –

Inspect the seals around windows and doors for gaps or cracks that could allow water infiltration. Use weather-stripping or caulk to seal any openings and keep the cold and wet weather outside.

  1. Check for Leaks Indoors –

Inspect your plumbing, including faucets, pipes, and appliances, for any signs of leaks. A small drip can quickly escalate into a major problem, leading to water damage and potential mold growth. Address leaks promptly to avoid costly repairs.

  1. Maintain Landscaping –

Ensure that the grading around your home or business directs water away from the foundation. Poor drainage can lead to basement flooding and structural damage. Consider installing a French drain or extending downspouts to divert water away from the building.

  1. Inspect the Foundation –

Regularly inspect your home or business foundation for cracks or signs of water seepage. Seal any cracks with an appropriate sealant to prevent water from entering and causing structural damage.

  1. Sump Pump Maintenance –

If your property has a sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition. Test the pump regularly, and consider installing a battery backup system to ensure functionality during power outages.

  1. Winterizing Outdoor Plumping –

Prevent frozen pipes by disconnecting and draining outdoor hoses. If applicable, shut off exterior water valves, and insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as basements and crawl spaces.

Taking the time to perform routine maintenance can save you from the headaches and expenses associated with water damage during the cold, rainy months. If, despite your best efforts, you find yourself dealing with water damage, remember that SERVPRO of Puyallup / Sumner is available 24/7/365 for emergency water remediation services. Call us at (253) 848-0800, and let our team of experts help restore your home or business to its pre-damage condition. Stay dry and protected this winter!

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