Florida might be nicknamed the Sunshine State, but as all residents know, we get more than our fair share of rain. From hurricanes to floods to something as unexpected as a pipe bursting there are any number of ways water can cause costly damage. Destroyed possessions such as photo albums or important documents are only the beginning. Water can ruin appliances, furniture, and even dangerously compromise the foundation of your home.
As bad as it can be, no one should have to live in fear of water damage, and luckily there are a few key areas you can check to minimize your risk.
They’re big, they’re beautiful, and we love the natural light they let in, but windows can be a primary source of leaks. A small leak may not seem like much at first, but its very presence can mean your home is at risk. And over time, or during severe storms, what was once a small leak can quickly becoming a big problem.
Windows are most prone to leaking where they meet the frame and where the frame meets the wall. Keep a close eye on these areas during thunder storms and especially hurricanes. A window leak may not leak all the time, either. In some instances a leak may only be active when rain hits it from a specific direction. For this reason it’s important to check your windows frequently, especially during storm season.
If you do have leaking windows, replacing old or worn weatherstripping, as well as applying caulk will generally solve the problem. However, some leaks can be more complex and require the attention of a professional.
When considering places water may enter your home it’s easy to forget about your roof, especially because leaks in the attic or behind walls can be difficult or even impossible to see. Checking your roofing regularly is the best way to prevent a leak from going unnoticed.
The first step to check for leaks in your roof is a simple visual inspection. Does your roof appear in good condition? Are there obvious missing or damaged shingles? Any abnormality on your roof could cause a leak and a visual inspection is an easy way to spot these.
Not all leaks will be visible from the outside, however. Sometimes damage too small to notice, or even just wear and tear on your roof, can lead to minor leaks. To spot these keep a close eye on the walls and ceilings inside your home and especially attic (if accessible). Water stains normally appear as light to dark brown circles of varying size. If a stain is spotted, it is best to hire a professional to assess if the leak is active.
The most difficult leaks to spot often come from your pipes. Though many of us rarely think about it a vast amount of water passes through our home’s pipes each day. A leak in one of these can be very hard to notice and can cause costly damage before showing any signs that something is wrong.
The most obvious sign that a pipe is leaking is the appearance of mold or mildew in your home. While mildew is common in areas that are frequently wet, such as showers, its appearance in other areas is a telltale sign you have a hidden leak. The same goes for mold, which, if left untreated, can prevent dangerous health hazards. If you suspect you have a leaking pipe it is best to contact a professional.
By checking these key areas frequently you can minimize the risk of water damage in your home. However, it is an unfortunate reality that water damage can occur at any time. If it does, there are several important steps you should take immediately. And remember, when emergency strikes, seconds matter. Give us a call right away. The Super Restorations team always stands ready to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.
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