As important as water damage restoration companies are, most people would probably prefer to not need their services in the first place. Basement flooding and water damage can come from a wide variety of sources, from sudden downpours to leaky pipes. Fortunately, there are just as many ways to minimize these types of flood damage. Some of these measures are preventative steps that will keep water damage from building up over time, while others are proactive means to ensure that in more sudden basement flooding situations, any potential damage is mitigated or avoided outright.
Ensure Adequate Drainage
As the saying goes, prevention is the best cure. The most surefire way to avoid water damage is to keep as much of it away from your foundation as possible; this means making sure your home’s drainage systems are up to par. Get into the habit of cleaning your gutters regularly along with keeping any nearby storm drains clear of debris. Downspouts should direct water at least five to 10 feet away from the foundation as well; if this is not the case, get an extension. The more water that is directed away from your home, the less likely you are to experience any water damage.
Be Vigilant for Leakage Signs
Flood damage isn’t the only form of water damage that a house can fall prey to; any prolonged exposure to liquid can cause just as much trouble if left untreated. Unexplained dark spots in sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, mysterious moisture around the base of the toilet, and the standard dripping sound are all possible indicators of a leaky pipe. Fixing these leaks quickly will prevent any long-term damage such as mold, mildew, or compromised integrity.
Another step you can take to be vigilant for leaks is to keep an eye on your water bill. Any unexplained jump in the bill could be the result of an undetected leak somewhere that needs to be found and fixed.
Consider Detection Devices
While not required, a detection device can quickly alert you to leaks that may develop in problem areas throughout your house. A water detector is a small device that is essentially a smoke alarm for liquids that sounds an alarm in the presence of moisture. Their sensitivity means they can detect small or slow leaks that might otherwise slip by your inspections. Consider putting one near water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, and other water-using appliances for an added layer of vigilance.
Sump it Up
Many homes have a sump pump in their basement. These devices work to pump out excess water in event of your basement flooding and are often crucial for avoiding most flood damage. However, like any emergency or backup device, a sump pump should be tested regularly and in anticipation of harsh weather. Fortunately, testing a sump pump is simple. Slowly fill the sump pit with water. A “float,” which resembles the same feature in your toilet tank, will rise to the surface, triggering the pump. Then it’s just a matter of watching to make sure the water level goes back down.
While these tips will definitely help prevent many forms of flood or water damage, sometimes Mother Nature gets the better of us. Harsh storms, burst pipes, ruptured mains, and more can all lead to basement flooding that requires quick intervention. While we hope you never need to, please consider contacting the quick response teams of Flood Services Canada for quick, prompt water damage restoration services.