Preventing Water Damage
Were you aware that the summer months are a great time for waterproofing your home in the Pittsburgh area? Summer is a season where we have a break from the winter snow and rain. This little break provides an opportunity for us to look over our property in order to identify any cracks, leaks, and openings that can potentially open the door to winter elements. It is important to always think of ways to prevent water damage. Preventive maintenance is key to maintaining the value of your home and potentially saving a lot of money on the exorbitant cost that water damage creates.
- The Review – You basically want to do a thorough walk through of your home. Inspect all pipes; especially in the basement and look for a disproportionate amount of moisture and condensation. Examine the walls and ceiling to identify any water stains. Please do not forget to inspect your foundation for any cracks. If you notice any of the above issues you want to create a waterproof to-do-list right away or call in a professional like Advanced Basement to come in and help waterproof your home.
- Waterproof – As this is an off season for most waterproof specialist, Summer is the perfect time to make a call and have them come out and perform a thorough inspection of your home, asses the cost to waterproof and then have the time to actually perform the work. At times you can even get an off-season discount if you schedule service in advance.
- Rain Gutters – This is a weekend chore you can do yourself. Clean out those rain gutters. Believe it are not this is the first step in helping to defend your home against heavy downpours. It is also important to check the downspouts as they should point away from your property.
- Sump Pump – If you don’t have one; you should! For those who are proud owners of a sump pump it is important to make sure it is working properly. Also, do you have a backup generator in case of a power outage? It never hurts to have more than one sump pump as a back up. So if your budget permits you may want to consider purchasing another pump and generator just in case.
Lastly, it is very important to purchase flood insurance. Depending on where your home is located it may be required but, if not, it is still worth having. It will give you a peace of mind to know that in the unfortunate event of a flood your will be reimbursed for any damages. You may also potentially save a little money on the rate if you acquire the insurance during the off-season. So do not delay in taking the steps to prevent water damage in your home during the summer. Believe us when we say, “You will be thanking us that you did.” We are here to help, so give us a call today!