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Prevent water damage in your home this summer

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent water damage in your home this summer

This year in Southern MD has seemed to be one of rain and flood. We have seen an above average amount of precipitation in our area which causes flooding all around. We have had 25-30 inches already this year in SOMD alone. With all of this rain and flooding the last place you want to see water is in your home. Here are some tips to help prevent water damage in your home.

  1. Clean out roof gutters. We know it is always on your to do list and you just brush it off and you’ll get to it next time. On a rainy day a clogged gutter can force water to spill into your homes foundation, through your roof, or down to your basement and can cause serious damage. So next time, make sure that your gutters are cleaned out and if they are too high to reach seek professional help.
  1. Keep an eye on your water bill. Water pipes are hidden behind your walls and in the floors in your house. If there is a leak you may not know until the damage has been done. Keep an eye on your monthly water bill, if things are starting to look unusual or the cost has gone up it is a pretty good sign you may have a leak somewhere.
  1. Test your sump pump. Checking your sump pump once a year can prevent water damage to your house. Also test it more frequently during storms to make sure nothing has changed or is broken.
  1. Fix any water leaks. Whether it is a dripping pipe, a leaking roof, your roof is missing, has loose, or damaged shingles. Fixing these now can save you a costly fix later.
  1. If you go on vacation, close and lock all doors, windows, skylights, and vents to keep out water and wind. If you are leaving for an extended period of time shut off the gas to the water heater or turn to vacation setting.

If water does make it into your home please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Charles County, 301.753.8313. We are available 24/7 for your emergency needs.

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