19 Ways to Minimize Water Damage in your San Diego Home

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Minimize Water Damage by Protecting Your Home From Flooding

Did you know that water damage claims have surpassed fire claims as to the number one cause of home insurance losses in much of the country?

Water damage is increasingly common and it’s one of the reasons why home insurance rates are what they are today.  Weather can be crazy and unpredictable, but you can take precautions now to minimize water damage from flooding.

Tips to decrease water damage from a flood: Inside the house

There are also a few precautions you can take inside the home to minimize water damage happening to you.

      1. Ask your plumber about setting up a backwater valve. A backwater valve is a device that stops water and sewage from coming back into your home during times of heavy rains.
      2. During heavy rainfalls, reduce your home water usage.
      3. Do not put fats, oils, and grease down your drains pipes; they might strengthen and add to a clogged pipeline, the last thing you need when your system is under distress from a storm!
      4. Consider investing in water leak sensors and alarms that inform you of possible leakages in the house; some of the more advanced designs will even shut off the water coming into your house if a problem is identified.
      5. Protect your HVAC system; if possible, have a professional elevate the heating system so that it’s not resting on the basement floor.
      6. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions.
      7. Seal fractures around windows and in the basement foundation and floorings.
      8. Consider setting up shelves in the basement to keep items off the floor. Likewise, avoid keeping valuables and important documents in the basement; shop them upstairs where they are less likely to be damaged.

Tips to decrease water damage from a flood: Outside the house.

Storm damage from heavy rains can also flood your home. Here are 11 ways you can minimize water damage from outside of the house

    1.  Ensure your lot is properly graded so that water can drain away from your basement walls.
    2. Repair, where possible, sidewalks, patio areas, decks, and driveways that might have shifted for many years, enabling water to pool close to the home.
    3. Landscape your lawn and gardens with plants and plant life that will minimize soil erosion.
    4. In the winter season, clear snow is far from the structure of the house.
    5. Think about getting window well covers so that water does not collect.
    6. Make sure your downspouts extend three to six feet and drain away from your house as well as your next-door neighbors.
    7. Use a rain barrel to catch runoff.
    8. Regularly tidy and maintain your downspouts and rain gutters so that they are not obstructed.
    9. Keep storm drains near your home clear of leaves and particles.
    10. Repair or change your roofing system if shingles are deteriorating or missing.
    11. Employ licensed plumbing professional to make sure that the foundation drain remains in great working order.

Have you had water damage?  If you have it is a good idea to have your house inspected for mold.  Call Gold Coast Flood restorations at 619-449-9611

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