Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Water Damage
As a homeowner, there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent water from damaging your home. Use these tips to help you keep your home safe.
Over 40% of Insurance Claims Are Caused by Water
Southern Alberta is no stranger to flooding, but water damage can come from more than just the whims of nature. As a homeowner, there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent water from damaging your home. Use these tips to help you keep your home safe.
- Be Careful Where You Plant: Certain trees and shrubs have invasive roots that could interfere with pipes buried in your yard, or damage the foundations of your home. Do your research before planting and make sure to maintain trees and shrubs on your property to prevent this.
- Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts Regularly: In heavy rains, your gutters have an important job. Make sure they’re not blocked by leaves or debris, and angle your downspouts so that water is released about three metres (10 feet) from the foundation of your home.
- Check Your Water Bill: Sudden spikes in your water bill might not be the result of increased prices. Sudden significant change could be a sign of leaks in your home. Read the ServiceMaster of Lethbridge Burst Pipes fact sheet and be sure to check your home for drips, including appliances and outdoor water systems.
- Check Your Appliances: Washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and other appliances that use or connect to water can be a source of leaks. Check their connections regularly and make sure the pipes and hoses you use are properly connected and in good condition. If you find any leaks; check our website for “to do” information and then contact ServiceMaster of Lethbridge.
- Maintain Your Sump Pump: If your home has a sump pump, be sure to test it once a year. Test more often during flood-prone times of the year like spring, or during heavy rains. Clean it out at the same time. At any sign of trouble, have it serviced to prevent future flooding.
- Install Water Detection Devices: In leak-prone locations, you can purchase and install inexpensive devices that will detect the presence of moisture and warn you if there’s water where there shouldn’t be. ServiceMaster of Lethbridge certified technicians can also bring in specialized equipment such as a protimetre to test, if you suspect water leaks but can’t see anything.
For all types of restoration in southern Alberta, ServiceMaster of Lethbridge can help.