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Make This the Year to Protect Your Home| SERVPRO® of Jonesboro

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

water dropplets falling form rooftop This runoff created from rainwater is a common leak.

A new year means the chance to take on projects that can make life a little easier. This year, take on protecting your home from water damage by adding simple steps into your regular routines. You can save yourself money by avoiding costly damages when your home is safe.

Water is one of the top causes of damage to personal property, and even a tiny hole can result in massive damage. Make this the year of protecting your home, and resolve to make changes you can really keep.

What Causes Water Damage?

In order to prevent damage, you need to understand where it starts. Water leaks can either come from outside or inside of your home. Gutters that are clogged and runoff from rainwater are common leak starters outside, while appliances and bathroom fixtures are regular culprits inside.

Pipes that have aged and broken down or caulking that has worn out around windows can also create moisture problems. When a leak isn’t quickly identified, it can lead to mold growing in your home or your floors and walls beginning to rot.

Appliances may show signs of rust or even stop working if water affects their electronic components. The faster you identify a problem at its original source, the more you can lessen your risk of damage.

How to Prevent Damage

A little bit of water can do a lot of damage, but there are plenty of ways to avoid total destruction in your home. Catching a problem early is the best way to prevent a disaster, and when you are proactive in prevention, detecting an issue will be simple.

To find water when it has gotten into the wrong place, start regularly checking bathrooms and your kitchen for signs of mold growth or wet spots. When it rains, use your hand to check door frames and window seals for moisture.

Check for musty odors, particularly in basements. While our winters typically stay mild, we do deal with a lot of humidity in this area which makes this a step you certainly don’t want to skip.

Regularly check your roof to watch for broken or missing shingles. Since our area is prone to strong thunderstorms and tornadoes, make sure you inspect your roof and attic once a month. Clear your gutters and downspout areas frequently. We can often see leaves still falling into December, which makes this step an around-the-year job.

Check the grading in your yard to make sure there is a slope away from your foundation. Add soil after one of our big rainmakers rolls through in order to stay ahead of erosion.

When you add simple steps to your everyday housekeeping schedule, you can save yourself from potentially time-consuming and expensive repairs later. And you can finally brag about keeping a resolution!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

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