In our last article, we discussed some of the many ways to protect your home from water damage and all the problems that go along with it such as mold and bad air quality. As we mentioned, though, there are many ways to do this, so let’s discuss a few more.
One area you may not always consider when it comes to water intrusion is windows and doors, but these areas can be vulnerable if not adequately maintained. Check for any gaps or cracks around windows and doors and use weatherstripping and caulk if needed to keep water out and maintain energy efficiency.
Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks in the foundation or walls. Seal any cracks you find to prevent water from infiltrating your home.
Properly grade the landscaping around your home to ensure water flows away from the foundation. This prevents water from pooling near your home, reducing the risk of foundation damage.
If you observe a sudden increase in your water bill, this could indicate an undetected water leak. Keep an eye on your water consumption and investigate any unexpected spikes.
In areas prone to sewage backups, consider installing a backflow preventer in your plumbing system. This device helps prevent sewage from flowing back into your home during heavy rainfall or plumbing issues.
So, as these few tips remind us, regular maintenance, preventative measures, and a bit of awareness go a long way in safeguarding your home and preserving the health and well-being of your household. Remember, a little effort today can save you from a lot of headaches tomorrow.