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How to Avoid Costly Water Damage in Your Home

NexGen How to Avoid Costly Water Damage in Your Home

It is safe to assume that water damage is every homeowner's nightmare. They are the root cause of exorbitant repair fees and, at times, irreparable damage. Water damage has the power to damage the home in several ways. It can spread black mold, which can be toxic and harmful to your health.

There are many reasons why water damage is a nightmare and why homeowners want to avoid it like it's COVID-19. Learn about the steps you can take to prevent costly water damage in your home.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Downspouts provide a pathway for trapped water in gutters to travel through and flow out to the side of the house. Every now and then, downspouts can get clogged with debris that prevents the water from flowing properly. This may cause water to flow towards the house and seep into its foundation. If left unchecked, this water can cause significant damage to the foundation of the home.

Gutters are the railings alongside the roof of your home that hold accumulated rainwater. They promote easy water flow into the downspouts if they are clean. Guns trapped with dirt can cause water to spill outside the gutter and into the soil below. Ongoing spillage like this can lead to water seeping into the home's foundation. To avoid these disasters, it is recommended to clean gutters and downspouts once or twice a year.

Check Your Sump Pump

The sump pump is like the main security guard of your home's water management system. It is a small pump powered by electricity and located in a sump pit. It functions in the background of your home's water system, and its purpose is to monitor the water levels inside the house. When groundwater levels rise higher than usual, the function of the sump pump is to expel that water from the system.

If the sump pump isn't functioning correctly, those increased groundwater levels are not expelled as needed. As a result, that water spreads and causes damage inside the home. When checking your sump pump, here are some things to watch out for:

Main appliances

Major appliances like the freezer or refrigerator break down occasionally and cause water leaks. Excessive water leaks can seep into walls and floors. This water can cause structural damage and mold. If you notice water coming from the fridge or dishwasher, it may be time to have those appliances serviced.

Inspect Your Plumbing Regularly

Plumbing systems like the toilet, garbage disposal, and water tanks can leak water if broken. This water can damage walls, floors, and cabinetry if left unchecked. Mold in this case may be inevitable and significant repairs and replacements will need to be made to fix the damage. Take note of water on your floors and call a professional for a thorough inspection before issues like these get out of hand.

Hire Electronic Leak Detection Services

Electronic leak detection services provide a quick but thorough inspection of the water systems in your house. This advanced technology screens your pipes and walls for water to ensure everything is working as it should, without leaks. Periodic electronic leak detection ensures that you avoid water damage in your home. If a leak is found, fixing it would be much easier than fixing the damage caused by water. Water damage repairs are costly, and leak detection services will save you the headache and stress of such expenses.

Use NexGen For Your Leak Detection Needs

There is nothing worse than water damage in the home. But with the help of electronic leak detection services, many problems can be avoided. Contact us today for electronic leak detection services to save money and hassles associated with water damage.

 

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