Water is essential for life; very few living things on the planet can survive for long without an adequate water supply. While water may be vital to our survival, it can also create its fair share of problems too in the form of water damage.

Water-related issues in the home are relatively common, but to prevent lasting damage, you need to address them quickly. If left unchecked, water damage in your home can lead to significant problems and impact your home’s safety and structure. To ensure that your house remains watertight and free from damage, it is wise to be aware of potential pitfalls, and to know how to spot the signs of potential issues as soon as they appear.

Check your gutters

Having gutters installed around your house is a must if you want to channel rainwater away from your entrances and landscaping. It doesn’t stop with the installation however. Unless you have gutter screens installed as well, blockages are likely to happen. Checking to be sure your gutters are clean ensures the flow of water will be unimpeded. This will be a likely be a factor at the beginning of fall when leaves start to come down from the trees.

Blocked gutters will cause rainwater to back up to the roof line where it can seep under shingles. This, in turn, can cause the water that’s meant to be carried away from your house to actually start flowing inside your house. Wet drywall and floors can turn into a nightmare of mold, swelling, and odors. Standing water around your foundation can also become a problem. Wash out and ground swelling can cause shifting and that can become a nightmare. It’s vital for the health of your house that rainwater flows away from your home.

Check for signs of leaks

Plumbing issues are on of the biggest headaches a homeowner can face. Many times you are not even aware you have a leaky pipe because plumbing runs behind walls and ceilings. It’s important to be aware of any signs of water damage. Wet spots on walls or ceilings are a tell-tale sign of a problem. Most of the time you’ll need to call in professional plumbing services to find and repair the problem.

There are some other obvious signs that you could have a potential water damage problem. Take the time to look for the signs, especially after heavy rains. Check the ceilings throughout your house. Look for any kinds of darker spots and discoloration that may indicate the ceiling has encountered some kind of leak. If you have wood floors, check for areas of swelling where water may have penetrated. Window sills can show tell tale signs of water leaks. Again, check for swelling or bubbled areas that could mean your windows need to be resealed.

Make it air tight 

Can you see daylight around your exterior doors? Do you feel the cold air seeping in around your windows? If air can get through, so can water. Feeling air come in around windows is a sure sign that they need to be sealed. Sealing around your windows the best way to ensure rain water won’t be seeping in. Even small amounts of moisture can cause window seals to bubble and need to be replaced. Part of your yearly maintenance should be checking windows and doors for air tightness. Not only will moisture seep in, your heating and air conditioning will be seeping out. This can cause a rise in your utility bills; which are high enough already.

Small maintenance steps can keep your home free of damage caused by water.

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