How to Protect your Home from Water Damage

2018 is right around the corner. That also means, with the onset of Spring, that bad weather is firmly on the way. Water damage can have an enormous impact on your home, from the roof right down to the basement. It’s more important than ever to ensure you know how to protect your home from water damage.

At 1st Response Restoration, we have helped hundreds of clients throughout Las Vegas with their water damage concerns. It’s important that you consult qualified specialists when it comes to water damage – not least because long-term water damage can lead to potentially serious microbial formation.

By not acting fast, you risk losing more than just your possessions in the long term.

To protect your home from water damage, you need to think about:

#1 Inspecting your roof

It all begins at the top, with your roof.

The roof is an oft forgotten part of the home, something that we take for granted. However, if your roof has not been inspected for years, or if your roof has not been replaced in the last 20 years, it might be time to consider a roof inspection.

Roof inspections are about preventing leaks and damage as much as identifying leaks and damage.

Repairing a minorly damaged roof can cost hundreds, whereas replacing an entire roof can cost into the tens of thousands. The internal damage that roof water leaks can cause only adds to this cost and stress and burden.

#2 Know what you own

For many homeowners, rapid floods can cause immediate and unexpected loss or damage to the possessions of your home.

It’s important that you’ve logged precisely what you own. Of course, you need to keep this log, along with any copies or digital copies of important documents, in a waterproof container and located in a position unlikely to be affected by flooding.

There are innumerable advantages, not least the need to document your possessions for insurance companies. This is an easy-to-implement, prophylactic means to protect your home from water damage.

#3 Think about the garden

Do you own any trees? Have they been trimmed lately?

During a storm, it’s not just water you have to worry about. Wind, too, can cause immense damage to your home – not least by smashing trees into your home which, in turn, can lead to water damage, both from the inside and out.

#4 Drainage

It’s important to know whether the drainage systems of your home are working as effectively as possible.

Check if they’re clogged. It only takes a few minutes to inspect and not that much longer to clean out. Effective drainage is an absolute must to prevent long-term water damage to your home.

By taking these steps, you can effectively protect your home from water damage. Don’t stop there though – be sure to think about the basement, about installing backflow valves and protecting electrical appliances in your home. Just a few minutes thought and action can prevent enormous damage to your home.

1st Response Restoration is the leading water damage restoration service throughout Las Vegas.