Safeguard Your Home From Summer Water Damage

It is the end of the summer, which means that you’ve got tons of fun things coming “down the pipeline.” Perhaps you anticipate a family barbeque, a trip with friends, some time relaxing in the sun, or yard work on a sunny afternoon. But did you know there is something else that is coming “down the pipeline” this summer but no one is looking forward to? Water, and the damage it causes when it is not properly taken care of. Water damage (and the host of structural and mold growth issues that come with it) is one of the most common problems that affect homeowners across the country. We at Total Restoration would like to suggest a few things you can do to safeguard your Conroe home against water damage this summer: 

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  1. Keep your gutters and downspouts clean. If there are areas where the metal is misshapen or is obstructed by leaves or something similar, you may have pools of water sitting and eroding away, getting closer and closer to damaging your home. Keeping your gutters clean is a relatively easy fix and something that can save you tons of grief later. 
  2. Turn off water supply and check your whole house before leaving on vacation. Inspect for leaks. Pay special attention to pipes under your sinks, and your roof. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed. If appliances or hoses are showing signs of wear or are brittle or bulging, replace them. This is especially relevant for your dishwasher, refrigerator, or washing machine. 
  3. Pay attention to your water bill. Don’t just pay your water bill without really looking at it. For those willing to be detectives, water bills are full of clues and paying attention can save you from a disaster. If you notice unexpected increases in your bill, you may have a leak somewhere. Check the places that you may not see initially, like your crawl space. 
  4. Test your sump pump. The sump pump is a common culprit in causing water damage and should be checked regularly. We recommend testing it at least once a year, and perhaps more often if you experience heavy storming in your area, to ensure that nothing is broken or in need of a tune-up. 

With all these things in mind, you should be ready to tackle your summer plans while being prepared against water damage. That being said, sometimes even the best-prepared homes can fall victim to water damage emergencies. If that happens to you, act fast to minimize damages. Calling a professional such as Total Restoration in Conroe ought to be your first step in clean-up, as water damage requires immediate care. Improper or delayed care can allow mold to begin growing, water becoming dirty and stagnant, water to seep in deeper than it has to, or damage to belongings becoming irreversible. Water damage is never convenient, but working with a helpful, competent team is. Our emergency service experts are available 24/7 to help you turn your water disaster into a mere inconvenience. If you are in Conroe, Texas, give us a call today!