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5 Tips on Protecting Your Home from Water Damage

 Many people around the United States have experienced one of the most remarkable winters in history within the past two years. As a result, these people feel that spring cannot come fast enough. With the entrance of spring comes melting snow which has homeowners concerned. Even though the majority of the snow is soaked up by the ground, it can only handle so much before flooding problems begin to occur. To try and prevent calling a company that specializes in water damage restoration in Marietta, consider these 5 tips to protecting homes from water damage.

Clean out Downspouts and Gutters

After a hard and brutal winter, gutters can become jammed with snow. With the amount of snow melting on the ground and in your gutters, there is the potential for flooding. Make sure that gutters are free of debris and ice. Before winter hits, clear gutters of fallen leaves and dirt to ensure that they do not become clogged worse in the winter. When working on downspouts, position them so they’re at least 5 to 10 feet away from the foundation of the home.

Inspect Sump Pump

Many of the water issues homeowners have occur when the snow melts. This is where a sump pump will come in handy. The sump pump is used to remove water that has accumulated over time and is commonly found in the basement of most homes. Inspect the sump pump to ensure that is working properly, so that if it is necessary, it will work the way it is supposed to. Make sure to inspect the sump pump as part of a yearly maintenance routine. This will give homeowners a peace of mind knowing everything is in working order when necessary.

Install a Backup Valve

For homeowners who live in areas with public sewage systems, large amounts of melting snow can create major messes that people don’t want to even think about dealing with. To help prevent backup sewage, make an appointment with a professional plumber for a consultation about installing an interior or exterior backup valve.

Watch for Potential Ice Dams

Ice dams become maintenance issues when two air masses unite–the heat from inside the home combined with outside cold air and snow. As temperatures warm up and decline, the snow will melt and refreeze multiple times over the season. When this process occurs, the ice can create damming which can damage shingles and the surface of your roof. To prevent this from occurring, connect heating cables to the drains to prevent build up. Make sure to connect the cables to a draining system so there is a path for the melting ice to follow.

Invest in Flood Insurance

Unfortunately, many people are under the impression that flood insurance comes standard when purchasing homeowner’s insurance. This usually occurs after a home has been damaged by a flood. For homeowners who live in an area that receives a lot of snow during the winter, consider purchasing flood insurance. There is a 30 day waiting period, so make sure to purchase the insurance prior to the winter season.

 

The effects from flooding can be disastrous. Read on to learn about how to protect your home from water damage courtesy of Integrity Restoration and Remodeling.

Integrity Restoration & Remodeling, LLC, Fire & Smoke & Water Clean Up, Acworth, GA