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Safeguards That Will Lower The Chances Of Water Damage

water damage restoration mcdonoughThe forecast for the next few weeks here in McDonough shows rain and thunderstorms every day. While we are no strangers to Georgia rain, sometimes our homes can suffer from water damage because of frequent, heavy rainfall.

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Here are some things you should do around your home to help reduce the chances of you needing water damage restoration from the rain. 

Check Your Foundation

One of the easiest ways for water to enter your home is through your foundation. Over time, with settling and age, cracks may begin to form in our foundation. These areas are much more susceptible to water, as water will look for any and every entry possible into your home. If you notice any large cracks or any other damage to your foundation, get it addressed as soon as possible.

Grade Your Yard 

To keep water from pooling around your foundation, you need to grade your yard or flower bed away from your home. A slight slope will allow water to run down and away from your foundation, which can prove especially beneficial during heavy rain. The slope doesn’t have to be dramatic, just a few degrees is all it takes to create enough of a gradient for water to flow away from your foundation. Proper grading of at least 2% can greatly reduce the potential for water damage in your home. 

Clean Your Gutters

Rain gutters play a vital role in collecting water from your roof and channeling it down and away from your home’s foundation. When rain gutters get clogged with dirt, debris, leaves, or even mold growth, water is not able to flow as directed, and it causes overflow. When water overflows the gutters, it can build up on the roof where it can leak into your attic, or it can run down the sides of your home where it can collect around the foundation and find its way inside. Consider cleaning and inspecting your gutters at least twice a year to avoid any potential clogs that could result in water damage.

Inspect Your Roof

Now this one might be dangerous to do on your own, so we recommend calling a roofing company to come to perform a visual inspection every year to check for damaged or missing shingles or other signs of potential areas that may be allowing water to enter your home. The roof is your home’s first line of defense from all the elements, so making sure it is watertight is very important if you want to avoid high measures of water damage restoration. If there is any area of your roof that needs repairing, do not put it off and make sure that it is taken care of so you aren’t stuck in the middle of a rain storm with a leaky roof.

In Conclusion

While these are just a few of the things you can do to safeguard your home from potential water damage, we hope it will give you a good place to start. Just remember when your home needs water damage restoration, whether from rainwater or any other cause, call the experts at Restoration 1 McDonough.

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