Don’t Let Water Damage Bring Your House Down

Posted on May 28 2018 - 2:48pm

water damaged wallWater damage is one of the leading causes of a home’s foundation weakening. If not addressed as soon as possible, this would eventually lead to more serious damage that could compromise your home’s structural integrity.

Below are some practical and easy tasks to help you prevent water from damaging your home come the rainy season.

Always Be on the Lookout for Leaks and Fix Them ASAP

To check for water leaks, see if there are drips from your pipes, stains on your ceilings and walls, and dark spots under your pipes in the sink cabinets. You should likewise make it a habit to inspect your roof at least once a year and repair damaged or loose shingles, as well as cracked caulking.

Otherwise, leaks could damage your cabinet sinks and the joists and floor sheathing below them, so you’d need structural repairs, new flooring, and cabinets, warns an experienced water damage repair specialist in Salt Lake City. You might also need costly roof repairs and repairs to the ceilings and rooms directly under it. All Hours Plumbing and HVAC also notes that persistent leaks can cause rotting, mildew, and mold, which in turn could attract a carpenter ant or termite infestation since these critters love soggy wood.

Make Sure Your Drainage Works Properly

To do this, you must clean your gutters regularly and make sure all downspouts direct water approximately five to ten feet away from your home. Additionally, ensure that your yard is sloping six or more inches over a span of 10 feet away from your home’s foundation to help prevent water from seeping into your foundation and creating leaks, making walls lean and masonry crack.

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Otherwise, your home’s foundation would settle in time and the walls of your basement will crack. Worse, it could cost you between $15,000 and $40,000 just to seal, repair, and stabilize damaged foundation walls.

Test and Inspect Your Sump Pump Routinely

Your sump pump is primarily functioning during stormy and rainy weather, so you want to make sure it’s working properly before the storm and rain arrives. Ideally, you must check it every year and every week or so during heavy rains and stormy season. Otherwise, you risk flooding your basement and destroying the carpeting and drywall in it. You also run the risk of mildew and mold growth.

Other than disrupting your otherwise normal daily life, water damage could lead to loss of your possessions. Don’t allow a leaky pipe or poor drainage to lay waste to your home and don’t wait before it’s too late. Carry out the practical tasks above to prevent a soggy and costly mess.