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10 Tips for Preventing Water Damage This Spring in Your Canton Ohio Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Canton Ohio basement flooded after a rain storm.

When the seasons change and winter slowly melts away into spring water damage can become a problem. Certain precautions can be taken in order to prevent the common causes of  water damage while saving you money on clean ups. There are many different precautions a homeowner can do, but here are the top 10 prevention tips on how to fight water damage this spring.

  1. Basement pumps - Install a sump pump or sewage back flow valve and keep a battery-operated backup in case of power failure.
  2. Debris Removal - Clean gutters at least twice a year to prevent ice dams and debris blockage.
  3. Exterior of house - Inspect windows and doors for cracks around the edges. Keep all walls and side paneling painted and well sealed.
  4. Foundation cracks - Inspect your foundation on a regular basis for cracks that can be small, but can create a lot of damage.
  5. Grading & Landscaping - Make sure your grading encourages water flow away from your house. If it does not think about altering it. While also trimming trees and avoid planting shrubs near pipes and other utilities.
  6. Roof - Ensure that your roof is maintained properly. Check for sufficient insulation and that your ceiling is airtight.
  7. Disconnect hoses - Standing water in a hose can cause freezing and lead to a ice blockage in the pipes. This can cause damage to walls, floors, and foundation.
  8. Water Main - If you leave for an extended amount of time shut off your water main to decrease your chances of standing water and frozen pipes.
  9. Water Detection Devices - Invest in water detector which is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture.
  10. Monitor your water bill - A simple way of detecting a non obvious leak is by watching for a non accounted for spike in your water bill.

You may not be able to control the weather, but you can be ready for the season change by implementing certain precautions. This implementation leads to preventing water damage and saves you from costly water damage restoration repairs. If spring thaw does reach your home and you face water damage contact SERVPRO of South & East Stark County at 330-823-4088 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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