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The Basics Of Water Damage Prevention

Aug 18, 2007
Your laundry room, basement, and roof are almost as likely to have water damage and leaks as your bathrooms and your kitchen are. So, what can you do about it?

Check your washing machine hoses often for moisture around the ends of the hose and signs of cracking or weak spots. The hose should be replaced as often as is necessary, but this should not be more than every three to five years.

The water heater in your home can pose problems, as well. If there are areas of rust on the tank or wet areas in the floor nearby, you might have a leak on your hands.

Hot water heaters should be located in the lowest level of your home possible, preferably the basement, and always next to a floor drain. If it has to be installed on upper floors, it should be installed inside a large drain pan and the water directed to a drain in the floor.

This way, if it begins leaking, it will not damage your floors or any area of your home on the next floor down.

Your air conditioner collects condensation and each one should have a drain pan line to direct the water collected by your air conditioner.

Outside your home, any low spots around your houses foundation should be filled in so that water drains away from the house and not toward it and end up seeping in through any flaws in the structure.

Caulking around windows and doors should be inspected; if it is cracked or missing anywhere, it is best to remove it and completely re-caulk it.

The area round your roof should be draining properly and if it is not, water seeps into the wood and causes it to rot.

A leaky roof can be a definite cause of water damage and is another thing that is not uncommon. Keep your gutters and downspouts free from leaves and other debris that can prevent the water from leaving the roof efficiently.

Do not walk on your roof unless you have to for repairs and it could be wise to invest in a roof preservative to help limit the amount of water your roof sponges up.

Wood soaks up water pretty easily and if you want to prevent water damage to your home, it is a good idea to get a sealant for wooden areas of your home that are exposed to the elements.
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