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Ways to Prevent Water Damage In Your Home 

1. Regular Maintenance on Your Plumbing

Regularly check and maintain your home’s plumbing system. This includes inspecting pipes for leaks or weaknesses, replacing old or rusty pipes, and ensuring connections are secure. Pay special attention to areas under sinks, around toilets, and near appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. If you have one, your sump pump is there for you in a storm. But that’s not when you want to discover that it’s not working. Do annual checks on your sump pump to make sure it is working properly in the event of a large amount of rain. You may want to check it more frequently during any rainy season.

2. Clean and Maintain Gutters and Downspouts

Clean and free flowing gutters help to direct water away from the foundation of your home.  Clogged downspouts can lead to water overflowing from your roof and soaking into the soil around your foundation. Aside from possibly causing cracks in your foundation, this can also lead to a flooded basement and water damage.  Cleaning your gutters out in the spring and fall is a great way to prevent water damage and costly repairs.

3. Regularly Check for Water Leaks

It’s better to check your appliances and visible pipes for any leaks before they become an issue. Make sure to regularly check any pipes under sinks and in the basement so that you can fix the leak before it leads to any water damage or flooding. A leak is a lot easier (and cheaper) to fix than ruined cabinets and flooring. Also know where your water main is so that you can turn it off if necessary.

Consider installing water detectors, small electronic devices that sound an alarm when their sensor comes in contact with moisture. Installing these near potential water sources (like under sinks or near your water heater) can alert you early to leaks and prevent major water damage.

Check your water bill each month for any spikes in cost. Do some investigation if you notice an unexplained spike in the cost of your water bill. It could be an indicator of a leak somewhere you can’t see.

4. Inspect and Repair Roof Regularly 

Check your roof periodically for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that could allow water to infiltrate your home. Also, ensure that the roof is properly sealed and that the flashing around vents and chimneys is intact to prevent water seepage.

5. Maintain Trees and Vegetation 

Thriving shrubs can be lovely, but they can also cause water damage if their roots wrap around your pipes. Minimize landscaping near utility pipes or, if plants are already in place, consider removing them to prevent root damage to pipes. Regularly trimming trees and keeping roots in check can help prevent pipe damage.

Top Care Cleaning not only does gutter cleaning to prevent water damage issues, but we also have water restoration services to treat any issues that you may end up with. Give us a call at 616 530-9129 so we can help you out with any water issues you might be experiencing! 

Learn more about the benefits of gutter cleaning: 

Maintaining your home’s gutters is crucial for preventing water damage. As winter approaches, it’s important to prepare your gutters to avoid issues like water freezing and expanding, which can damage your foundation. For those considering professional services, there are several benefits to hiring experts, including thorough cleaning and extending the lifespan of your roof. Additionally, understanding the importance of regular gutter maintenance can help you avoid problems such as basement flooding, fascia board rot, and unwelcome animal visitors.

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