How to Prevent Water Damage?

Roof Sagging

Sagging Roof

Water damage can be costly to a homeowner. When it occurs indoors, a great deal of property can be lost and building materials may have to be repaired or replaced. The outside of your home can also suffer water damage. To ensure your home is safe, you should make sure you purchase a home that is built up to code, inspect the exterior of your home regularly, make repairs to any damage that occurs immediately and weather proof your home.

There are many types of homes out there. Each region of the country has its specific weather situations and a structure that is built in that area will have to meet specific codes for the weather in terms of water proofing it in order to avoid mold removal such as in a place like Cape May. Since every state is different, each state will have its own set of codes. Make sure the builder followed all building procedures when he constructed your home and that your home meets the building codes.

If you have done all of this and purchase a home that still deteriorates quickly, you may have limited options. The only thing you may be able to do is sue the contractor. If you are lucky, they will bring your home up to code, repair the damages and pay any expenses you may have had.

Another thing you can do to ensure your home remains free of water damage on the exterior is to inspect the outside of your home regularly. When you do this, you should look for holes or cracks in the exterior walls, foundations and joints. These can be a naturally occurring byproduct of soil settlement. Outside plumbing should also be checked. Drains that are clogged, broken water drainage systems and equipment that is damaged are also things to look out for. Check your HVAC system if a main unit is on the outside of your home. Usually, it is placed far away enough from the home to keep it from causing any damage. However, you should still keep an eye on it.

You can also check for equipment that uses water for processing and cooling. These devices can allow water to get into your home. Make sure that the water is able to drain properly without having any spills. Regularly clean and dry all surfaces that collect moisture. Expansion joints on your home must be kept in good condition as well, or water intrusion will occur.

Remember that while regular maintenance is the key to keeping a home in good condition, sometimes damage occurs. When you do get water damage due to weather or some other cause, make sure to repair it as soon as possible.  Thinking ahead may save you a great deal of money if you get a rider on your insurance policy that will help cover the costs of water damage.

Finally, making your home stand up to the weather will go a long way in avoiding water damage if you live in an area with lots of rain or snow. The first thing to do is make sure the foundation for your home is good. Next make sure that land coming immediately away from your home is sloped down and away from your home’s foundation and basement windows. Next, check to make sure all gutters and drainage pipes are free of debris, in good shape and function properly. Once you have done that, make sure that the roof will allow water to drain off of it. If not, you may need to address it.  Also, make sure that the materials that were used to build your home will resist water. This may require the help of a professional. Remember not all contractors follow codes and you may be in a house that was built by one of them.

Water damage can destroy the outside of your home. It can be costly to repair and be unsightly until the repairs are made. If you get mold, you may need to have professional mold removal this can be done in any city including Cape May. There a few things you can do to avoid water damage on the outside of your home.  To ensure your home is safe, you should make sure you purchase a home that is built up to code, inspect the exterior of your home regularly, make repairs to any damage that occurs immediately and weather proof your home.



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