How to Avoid Water Damage

How to Avoid Water Damage

September 15, 2017

There’s a common denominator that we’ve noticed about the posts that we share on the VIC blog. When we share stories about common issues that many of our valued customers experience, feedback is phenomenal. There’s a sense of solidarity when you know that you’re not the only ones dealing with crumbling foundations, issues with electrical circuits or flooding in your crawl space. And let’s reiterate that, you’re not the only ones dealing with such things. Home renovation issues are more common than we’d like, and VIC is committed towards providing whatever information we can to mitigate this issue. So when we previously shared our thoughts on water damage and the negative effects that it can have on your home, we received a lot of positive feedback. That’s exactly the kind of endorsement that we needed, to continue this series of blog posts on water damage. We’ve tackled how it tends to rear its ugly head. Today, let’s focus instead of the best ways to avoid it entirely.

Top Three Tips to Avoid Water Damage

Clean the Gutters

The first tip is no one’s favourite, but it’s vital to ensure that your home doesn’t experience water damage. We’re talking about cleaning your gutters. Poor drainage can easily lead to a weaker foundation, meaning that cracks and uneven settling can create direct pathways for water to enter your home. We recommend that you create downspouts for excess water, and ensure that they’re at least five feet away from your home. It’s also important to not let soil in the vicinity get too dry. If you do, chances are that it will shrink. When water comes along, the soil will expand, making a mess for everyone in the household.

Test the Sump Pump

Next up, we’re talking about sump pumps. What’s a sump pump, you may ask? It’s the pump that helps to remove water in the basement of your home. They’re a handy tool, if you’re ever caught in a situation where flooding abounds. Especially if your water table is above ground for your property. Sump pumps are a very valuable tool when water damage strikes, so you want to ensure that they’re properly prepared for all worst-case scenarios. This is why the VIC Underpinners team recommends that you check and test your sump pump at least once a year. You can test it by filling it with water and monitoring the speed at which the levels settle.

Check the Roof

We journey back to the roof for tip number three. This time, we’re focusing on roof shingles. The easiest place for rain to access your home is through the roof. The best way to enable this, is through leaks if shingles are broken or missing. They’re your first line of defence, should anything go awry, and you want to make sure that this line of defence is top notch. Because persistent leaks bring along a whole host of other issues. These include mould, termites, rot and carpenter ants. The VIC Underpinners team recommends that you look out for dark spots, especially under the pipes in your sink cabinets. Other warning signs include rocking toilets and stains on the ceiling.