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Water Damage Safety Guide for Homeowners

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The seasoned experts at Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors, LLC, believe in doing things right the first time. Every contractor at Integrity is knowledgeable, experienced, and thoroughly vetted. Originally established in 2002, Integrity provides services to homeowners in more than 26 counties and proudly serves residents in both Marietta and Atlanta, GA. Services include tree removal, restoration, reconstruction, repairs due to storm damage, and water cleanup. Whether you need emergency assistance or you want to schedule an estimate, Integrity always has a first-class team ready to help. As an IICRC Certified Firm, you know that every estimator, technician or project manager is skilled in specialty areas.

Discover a helpful water damage safety guide for homeowners so you can be better prepared!

Be Careful with Your Plants

There are many plants and trees, such as weeping willows, that have invasive roots. Even if the vegetation isn’t planted directly next to your home, the root system can still stretch for several feet and damage your plumbing. They can even grow into your sprinkler system, drainage field, or septic tank. Be sure to keep them far away from your water lines.

Buy a Drain Snake

You’ve seen the advertisements for chemicals that are used to remove clogs. They’re certainly capable of clearing away most clogs, but they can eat away more than just pipe buildup. Those harsh chemicals cause damage to your plumbing with repeated use. Invest in a drain snake instead, and you may able to prevent the need for repairs.

Clean Your Gutters

Cluttered gutters don’t allow water to flow as intended, and that water can collect and cause damage to your home. It might not be immediately obvious, but over the years it can rot shingles, warp wood, and contribute to serious harm. Cleaning your gutters periodically keeps debris out of the way so they can perform correctly.

Check Your Bill

Even if you don’t notice leaks around the house, the lost water can show up on your bill. If your bill is consistently higher than expected, the water is likely winding up somewhere out of sight. A thorough inspection should reveal the issue. Remember that ever minor leaks can cause serious water damage if left untreated, so the sooner you respond, the better.

With a little bit of forethought and care, you can prevent water damage to your home.