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Toledo Water Damage Prevention Tips

At Restoration 1 of Toledo we understand that one of the most important tasks as a homeowner is regular maintenance to prevent water damage. External flooding and indoor plumbing leaks can ruin carpets, furnishings and even structural components of the home. Even in a well-maintained home, pipes can break, toilets can overflow and water can seep behind walls and under floors.

Water damage is among the most common causes of insurance claims; one in every 55 homes will have a water-related property damage claim this year. Storms are out of your control but, here are some tips prevent water damage:

Plant With Care And Ensure Good Drainage

Look at your yard with an eye toward potential water damage; certain plants and trees have very invasive root systems. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines, sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks.

Ensure your yard is sloped away from your foundation. Over time the walls of your Toledo property could lean, the masonry could crack and leaks could form. Too little water can also cause damage. In a drought, run a soaker hose around the perimeter and under the soil to keep the soil from contracting and expanding.

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Clean Out Roof Gutters

During a storm, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down into your basement.  So either DIY or have someone else clean your gutters once a year or after severe storms. Get a ladder and use a scoop or shovel to remove debris from the gutters. After you’ve cleaned out all the gunk, flush your gutters out with a garden hose to protect your home.

Monitor The Water Bill

If you get an unusually high water bill in the mail, you might have a leaking or malfunctioning appliance in your house. And a small sneaky leak can cause a lot of damage before you notice it.  For example, a 1/8 inch crack in a pipe can waste up to 250 gallons of water per day. With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, investigate any clues: an unexplained spike in water use, the sound of dripping, smell of mold, stains on ceilings.

Get Help

Even the most thorough home maintenance may not prevent a water damage disaster from occurring. When such an event does occur you will want to have a trustworthy water damage cleanup team, such as Restoration 1 of Toledo, on speed dial.

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