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Spring Showers and Water Damage

“April showers bring May flowers.” Do you know what else spring rain showers can bring? Water damage. While water from rain is great in flower beds and gardens, it is less than desirable in basements and window wells. Do not let the rainy days get you down, instead be prepared to handle the rain and keep your home safe. Restoration 1 of McDonough has made a spring-cleaning checklist for your rain gutters, exterior faucets and pipes to help ensure your home stays nice and dry this spring.

Check your rain gutters

Rain gutters play an important role in keeping your home and property safe from water damage. By directing water away from your home, gutters help prevent water from pooling near your home’s foundation, windows, and doors. If rain gutters are clogged by debris, water will buildup and can cause seepage, leaks, and costly damage to your roof, exterior walls, and foundation. Every spring you should clean out your rain gutter, make sure they are not bent or dented, and check that they are directing water away from your home. Routine maintenance should be performed on your rain gutters to prevent water damage.

Check your outside faucets

If you leave a hose attached to outside faucets year-round, they can have a freeze break from cold temperatures. Most outside faucets are designed to be frost proof by shutting the water off inside your home.  This allows the water close to exterior walls drain out of the actual faucet so the water cannot freeze. However, if a hose is left attached, the water is not able to drain out which can lead to a burst pipe. Before turning your outside faucets on full blast, you should check your faucets by turning them on for a few minutes and then turning them off. If water is coming from around the faucet, you probably have a leak and should replace the faucet. Water dripping from outside faucets can damage the foundation of your home, and drip into interior walls. Be sure to make sure all outside faucets are working correctly, and it is a good idea to not leave hoses attached to outdoor faucets during cold temperatures.

Check your yard for wet or soggy spots

When turning back on your sprinkler system, it is important to make sure you have no leaks. If there are areas of your yard that swell up, or are more wet and soggy than others, there could possibly be a leak. In order to determine where the leak is coming from, you will need to isolate your sprinkler line from your house line. You can call an irrigation company to check your sprinklers, or a plumber to check your main line. Do not continue to run a sprinkler system that has a potential leak.

So now you have found a leak, what do you do next? If the leak is flooding into your home, turn off the water. If it is coming from the rain and you can’t stop it, give Restoration 1 of McDonough a call. We specialize in water damage restoration, and are available 24/7 to help in your time of need. Rainy days will come, and when your home suffers damage from outside water sources Restoration 1 will be there to make it right.

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