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Spring is a great time for fresh starts, like shopping for a new home or refinancing your current loan to fund a new remodel project.

And speaking of keeping things fresh, spring is also a great time for some deep cleaning and disinfecting around the home. Whether you are prepping for a big move or simply trying to keep your family safe and healthy, these tips can help you keep your home sparkling clean.

 

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Your Home

 

Watch for signs of water damage.

Save yourself a lot of headaches by spotting the signs of water damage and addressing the problem early.

  • Watch out for discoloration or soft spots in your floors or walls. They could mean you have a leaking pipe.
  • A sudden drop in your water pressure or a sudden spike in your water bill could mean there is a leak in your water line.
  • If you see the signs of water damage under windows, around doors or on the ceiling, the water could be leaking in from outside the house.

Strengthen your supply lines.

The water supply lines to your washing machine or refrigerator can grow weak over time and have been known to rupture. Upgrade them to steel coated supply lines for added protection and longevity.

Maintain your drains.

Water that cannot drain will keep adding up and eventually cause flooding if not addressed. Keep your drains clean and flowing free.

Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes. For best results, use a plumbing snake to clear the drain lines manually.

Never put grease down the drain. It will build up in your drainpipes and cause blockages.

Re-caulk your corners.

Water loves to seep through the tight spaces at the edges of doors and windows or the corners of the sink or shower. Seal up those little cracks with a fresh bead of caulk.

Review your roof.

A leaky roof is a common way for water to get into your home and cause damage.

Check your roof once a month or so. Watch for damage to your shingles. Also, note if dirt and leaves tend to gather in one area on your roof. That could be a sign of a low or weak spot.

Watch for signs of water damage.

Save yourself a lot of headaches by spotting the signs of water damage and addressing the problem early.

  • Watch out for discoloration or soft spots in your floors or walls. They could mean you have a leaking pipe.
  • A sudden drop in your water pressure or a sudden spike in your water bill could mean there is a leak in your water line.
  • If you see the signs of water damage under windows, around doors or on the ceiling, the water could be leaking in from outside the house.
Strengthen your supply lines.

The water supply lines to your washing machine or refrigerator can grow weak over time and have been known to rupture. Upgrade them to steel coated supply lines for added protection and longevity.

Maintain your drains.

Water that cannot drain will keep adding up and eventually cause flooding if not addressed. Keep your drains clean and flowing free.

Chemical drain cleaners can eat away at your pipes. For best results, use a plumbing snake to clear the drain lines manually.

Never put grease down the drain. It will build up in your drainpipes and cause blockages.

Re-caulk your corners.

Water loves to seep through the tight spaces at the edges of doors and windows or the corners of the sink or shower. Seal up those little cracks with a fresh bead of caulk.

Review your roof.

A leaky roof is a common way for water to get into your home and cause damage.

Check your roof once a month or so. Watch for damage to your shingles. Also, note if dirt and leaves tend to gather in one area on your roof. That could be a sign of a low or weak spot.

Clear out your gutters and downspouts.

Your rain gutters and downspouts are designed to carry rain and winter runoff away from your house so that water does not seep inside or erode your foundation. Clean them regularly so they can work properly. Watch out for ice dams that can form on your gutters in cold weather and cause clogs.

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