Planning Can Keep Your Home Dry
Here at SERVPRO of Morton Grove/East Niles we see a lot of damage. Our crews are out working hard to restore homes from fire, water, mold, whatever the situation may be. With winter weather coming, water damage will be on the rise. We would like to share some information to keep homes safe, and in order to do this, having a plan and knowing what to look for is key.
Water damage can occur in homes in a variety of ways. Homeowners should check for leaks throughout their houses, inspect pipes and connections in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Look under and around sinks and around bathtubs for any discolorations. Do not ignore connections to dishwashers or refrigerators with water and ice dispensers.
It is very important to make sure water is flowing properly down drains. If not, try clearing the drain with a plunger or an over the counter product. If that does not work, call a professional for assistance. In order to keep drains and pipes clear, follow simple steps such as disposing of cooking oil in a container rather than pouring down the drain, never flush diapers and other inappropriate items down toilets, and be careful of what you put in your garbage disposal. Eggs or potato peelings, for example would not be good to put in your disposal. In addition, backflow valves should be installed in sanitary and storm sewer lines.
Check the floors around water heaters for wet spot. This could indicate you have a rusted tank or other problem, which you would want to take care of right away before the damage gets worse. If necessary, have the tank replaced as soon as possible.
A leak in the roof of your home and clogged gutters or downspouts can also lead to significant water damage inside your home. As soon as you notice a leak in your roof, or even signs of significant wear, have it inspected and repaired immediately. In addition, keep all gutters and downspouts free of leaves and other debris that could cause back up water to leak into your house.
Owners in properties located in areas prone to flooding should give serious consideration to applying a waterproof coating or membrane to the exterior walls and installing watertight shields over doors, windows and other openings.
During the winter months, such as now, keep an eye out for snow accumulation on the downside of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will pile up. For safe snow removal, ask a roofing contractor for a referral. Also, remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells, and walls to prevent water or moisture from penetrating walls. Also, keep attics well ventilated to maintain temperatures close to the outside, which will minimize the risk of dams forming.
Ensure pipes do not freeze and burst by keeping the heat in your home at an acceptable level, cover exposed pipes with insulation, sleeves, or wrapping and open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
Of course, if water damage does occur in your home, immediately call SERVPRO of Morton Grove/East Niles 847-983-4468 for water removal and restoration.