Sometimes, the best thing you can do is take steps in advance to prevent things from happening to you that you don't want to happen. Here are four preventative steps you can take this summer to ensure that you don't ever get water damage in your home.
#1 Fix & Repair Damaged Shingles
You should start with your roof if you want to ensure that water doesn't get into your home. The best place to start is with an inspection of your roof. If you notice that you have any shingles that are damaged or have even blown off your roof, you are going to want to have them replaced. You can do this by yourself by hammering down some new shingles over the old ones or you can have a professional replace the shingles for you.
#2 Clean Out Your Gutters
Next, you need to clean out your gutters. This job should not take too long. Just put a ladder next to your gutters and scoop the debris into a bucket on your ladder. If you need assistance, many roofing companies will clean your gutters for an affordable price. If you want your gutters to be extremely clean, rinse them out with the hose when you are done.
Failing to clean your gutters can lead to water damage in a variety of ways. Overflowing gutters can lead to water getting behind your siding and causing water damage to your siding that will cause the outside of your home to rot. Overflowing gutters can also damage your foundation and force water into your basement. These major problems can be prevented by cleaning out your gutters at least twice a year.
#3 Check Your Downspouts
Next, you need to check your downspouts that are connected to your gutters. Your downspouts should be directed at least a couple of inches away from your home and a path for the water should be established so that the water flows away from your home. You don't want the water to flow next to your home. This can erode away the soil and also lead to basement water problems and foundation issues.
#4 Check Out Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump in your basement to ensure that it doesn't ever flood, you need to check your pump at least a couple times of year. Doing a test run with it is a good idea. That way, you can make sure that all parts are working properly and tighten up and lubricate any part that needs it.