5 Tips To Stop Water From Damaging Your Belfast Home
If your home is in an area where your home may be in danger when heavy rains hit the mid-coast of Maine, then it’s a good idea to have some plans in place ahead of these damaging events. To help you prepare to protect you home from potential water damage, your friends here at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland have put together some tips.
Home Preparation Tips
One of the best ways that you can handle water damage as a homeowner is taking preventative steps before the rain hits and flooding happens. Prevention can significantly reduce the amount of damage done to your home, so the following tips is meant to be a basic guide to help homeowners in our area before suffering the damaging effects of flooding and water damage.
However, if you are the victim of water related damage, we are here to help. We are the area professionals who have a proven process to help you recover from what could otherwise be a devastating event. You can learn more about our water restoration services here.
Tip 1 - Seal Gaps & Cracks on the Exterior of Your Home
This first tip can help minimize the amount of water that gets into your home. The smallest cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior can let in an amazing amount of water if not properly sealed.
When looking around your home for these areas, look in brickwork and stucco, gaps in siding, as well as areas around windows, doors, pipes, cables and vents.
Tip 2 - Install Hurricane Shutters
This was one of the prevention options that we mentioned in our ‘Storm Series’ on hurricanes.
However, there does not need to be a hurricane bearing down on Maine for these shutters to provide a level of protection for your home. During winds storms, these shutters are the best way to prevent your windows from breaking.
Keeping your home windows intact, obviously prevents water damage, but also has the added benefit of preventing flying debris from causing harm to the occupants.
Tip 3 - Consider Installing a Sewer Back Flow Valve
If your neck of the woods is an area prone to flooding, keep in mind that flood waters could bring backed-up sewage into your home through the sewage drainpipe. It may be possible to prevent this by installing a back flow valve into your drain line.
The valve will automatically close a flapper--which can also be manually operated--to prevent sewage from backing up through the drain pipe.
Tip 4 - Keep Storm Drains & Gutters Clear
It’s easy to forget how important the storm drains and gutters are when it comes to protecting your home. Heck, most of us don’t even want to take the time to clean them out… and that is where the problems can begin.
If water backs up from your gutters and drains, it can cause serious damage to your roof, walls, basement and quite frankly, your entire home itself. With Fall upon us, the leaves are going to start falling and this can be a recipe for disaster.
Consider making time to clean out your gutters and make sure there are no blockages in the storm drains. If this is not something you want to do yourself, now is the time to consider scheduling one of the great local vendors in our area to come and lean them out.
Tip 5 - Keep Valuables Off The Ground
Now this tip kind of assumes that somewhere, somehow, water has made it into your home and certain areas may be flooded. Let’s face it, even the best prevention cannot guarantee that all water can be kept out of your home.
So, it’s a good idea to practice this tip year round, as you never know when your home could accidentally flood from something as unpredictable as a broken pipe.
It’s a good practice to keep your most important/valuable items, such as sensitive paperwork, certain electronics, etc. as far off the ground as possible. If flooding does occur, placing these items in waterproof bags, water resistant safes in a higher location within your home can save you future headaches.
Bringing It All Together
No matter where you live in the mid-coast of Maine, it’s possible for you to be the victim of flooding due to Mother Nature. Moreover, it’s probably more likely that your home may suffer this occurrence simply because of a busted pipe. But no matter how your home may suffer water damage, one thing is for certain… you must have it taken care of correctly and immediately.
Remember, we encourage you to make us part of your prevention plan. Call us today and ask us to put together an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your home. This will put you leaps and bounds ahead if the unthinkable happens.
However, not matter what, your friends & neighbors here at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland are ready and able to help. We’re only a phone call away; you can reach us at 338-1850.