Kayaking, swimming, boating…these are all enjoyable things associated with water and can create lasting memories of fun in the sun. However, when owning a home, water can also create some memories and headaches that you would rather not have. The tips below offer some guidance on what to look for and how to prevent water issues and damage in and around your home.
Over Your Head: Roof and Gutter
A leaky roof can be more than an issue with shingles. There could be a problem with the flashing, vents, or even cracks in the chimney (if you have one). For any type of roof leak issue, it is best to contact a professional to investigate and determine the cause.
A sagging or clogged gutter can cause water to not be properly moved away from your home. Keep your gutters clean and also check downspouts.
Inside Your Home: Protecting Pipes
A leaky pipe has the ability to cause a lot of damage. Some signs of pipe issues or a water leak include:
- Visible water spots or stains on ceilings, walls or floors
- Discolored pipes or buildup on joints of pipe
- Weak water flow in more than one location of your home
The next time you find yourself looking under your sink or in your basement or utility room, take a quick peek at your pipes and the area under them to see if you notice any sign of water leaks. Preventing leaks and catching leaks early will pay off in the long run.
In the winter months, be sure to drain hoses and then shut off the water supply to the hose bibs to avoid any water damage due to freezing temperatures.
Always know where the main water shutoff valve in your home is located in the event you ever have a leaking or burst pipe. You should also know where the toilet, washing machine, and sink faucet water shutoffs and stop valves are located.
Water Issues in Your Yard
Even though leaks and drainage issues in your yard may be slightly away from the physical structure of your home, they can still affect your home and property over time.
Patches of green grass
While your lawn is supposed to be green, unusually green patches of grass compared to the rest of your lawn can indicate a sewer line leak.
Pools of water
Pools of water around the home can be caused by several things. Perhaps it is the grading of your landscape, a clogged drain, or a downspout that isn’t long enough. Whatever the case may be, you don’t want a leak or standing water damaging your home or lawn. Contact a professional if you notice any signs of standing water on your property.
Protect Your Home from Water Damage
Your home is not only an investment, it is also your sanctuary. Make certain you keep your home and property in tip-top shape with some prevention and maintenance. Contact a professional to assess and assist you with any repairs or maintenance you may need.
Also, with all of the prevention and maintenance tips offered above, be certain to check with homeowners association guidelines and covenants for any guidelines that should be followed.
Our clients are our top priority, and our relationship does not end with the sale or purchase of your home. If you are experiencing a water issue in or around your home, we can assist you in finding a trusted and quality contractor for the work that is needed.