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How to prevent water damages in your propery

April has been a sorry month with most of its days filled with showers. One day we’re in drought, the next, we’re flooded. With these wet weather conditions, your property is more exposed and can easily suffer water damages. It’s important to know what signs to look out for to prevent major problems in the long run.

The exterior

Keep your eyes open for obvious cracks in the foundations of the house. After storms, snow and harsh rain during winter, pipes can freeze, burst and start leaking. In worst cases, this can lead to a weakening of the foundations, which then risk collapsing. Inside, chances are that the property will promptly start suffering from mould.

The roof is obviously an exposed area and should undergo regular check-ups. Water can trickle in through the ceiling should panels be missing, or if flashings and soffits have been damaged. In addition, caulking acts as a moisture barrier for windows, doors and roofs, and should also be maintained to reduce risks of leakages.

The interior

Be aware of any bulging, cracks, discolouration and damp spots on your wall. Regularly inspect water supply hoses and ensure that they are properly connected to appliances. If there’s an issue, you might be able to hear the sound of water seeping out. Water hoses are often hidden behind walls or slabs, so it can prove difficult to get to the source of the problem. Dishwashers, laundry machines and freezers are common water damage culprits.

Water damages can also arise from sewage build-up. Kitchen drains fill up with grease from cooking oils and the drains get clogged. Pipes and fixtures need to have adequate caulking to prevent water leaving through cracks and crevices. Leakages can still occur however, because of rust or corrosion.

Preventative measures

Always make sure that your property has been inspected by a quality tradesman and that the problem areas have been dealt with thoroughly. A minor problem can easily turn into a catastrophe, as the water spreads. A quick solution is to install a water leak detector, which can be mounted on a wall or sit on the floor. These are often operated by battery and give off an alarm when their base come in touch with moisture.

You can find roofers, plumbers and painters on RatedPeople.com. Post for free and explain your job in as much details as possible and up to three quality tradesmen will get in touch to quote. Check their previous customer ratings and pick the right tradesman for you.

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