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Preventing water damage in your Bridgeport home doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, there are many simple things you can do to keep water damage out of your home. From our restoration experts at Disaster Restoration Services here are five of the simplest and least time-consuming things you can do to fortify your home against water damage.
Keep A Close Eye On Your Water Bill
It only takes a couple of extra moments to read over your water bill closely rather than just glancing at it. This one simple action, however, can play a significant role in helping you detect leaks in their early stages before they cause significant damage. The reason this helps you detect leaks is that you can compare your current water bill to past water bills. If there is an unanticipated spike in your water bill that has no apparent explanation, it is possible that there is a leak somewhere in your home causing the increase in your water bill.
Direct Downspouts Away From Your Home
If this isn’t something you are already doing, it is a very easy fix. Your downspouts should be at least five feet away and pointing away from your home. The reason for this is that the runoff water from the downspout will pool around your home and leak into your basement if it isn’t directing the water far enough away from your home.
Know Where Your Water Shut Off Valve Is Located
If you are home when a flood begins, the best thing you can do is shut off your water immediately to allow for as little flooding as possible. To do this, you will need to know exactly where your water shut off valve is and how to use it. That way you won’t waste any time trying to find out or figure it out while your home is being flooded.
Install A Sump Pump
Sump pumps don’t prevent flooding, but they can significantly minimize the effects of a flood is one occurs. Another benefit of sump pumps is they are very affordable. You can buy a good quality sump pump for under $200. Because of the low cost and significant potential benefits, keeping a sump pump in your basement in the case of a flood is highly recommended.
Repair Old, Worn-Out Caulking
Over time, caulking inevitably grows old and becomes less effective. When this happens, water is able to leak through and cause flooding that requires professional water damage cleanup in your home. To keep this from happening, make sure you repair or replace your caulking as it grows old. This is cheap and easy to do so it is definitely worth the effort.
By following these tips above, you will be able to avoid the vast majority of water damage threats to your home. Nonetheless, if your home does flood for any reason don’t hesitate to give us a call at Disaster Restoration Services for our water damage cleanup services. Our team is proud to serve the Bridgeport community.