Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 by Delfino Gonzalez
Water can affect many aspects of your home, sometimes ones that you haven’t even thought of! Basement floods, burst pipes, and mold are just a few problems caused by unwanted water in your home. There are ways to prevent these issues from occurring, but if they do, trained professionals can handle the clean up and prevent water from damaging your home again.
There are a variety of options for waterproofing your basement to keep it dry all year round. When storms roll in and your basement is at risk, it’s best to let an expert take control and install the most effective basement waterproofing products. Similarly, if your basement is experiencing severe flooding, it’s wise to contact a professional disaster restoration expert. They have the training, equipment, and certification to guarantee a safely pumped out space where your personal belongings are protected and restored.
Water is sneaky - it finds any possible way to enter into your home. Walls, the floor, and wall-floor joints are all subject to water seepage. Any points of entry or other cracks or openings are vulnerable as well. These include doors, windows, and hatchways. To keep water out of your home, it’s best to direct it away the foundation. One of the best ways is by extending your rain gutters with downspouts that carry water a few feet away from your home. This will keep water from settling right along your foundation and giving it the opportunity to seep into your basement. It’s also important that homeowners keep gutters clean (especially in the fall and spring). If gutters are blocked with leaves there is a greater chance that roof water will be dumped directly along your foundation and will create an increased chance of basement flooding.
Frozen & Burst Pipes
Frozen and burst pipes are unexpected water problems that not only cause a great deal of damage to your property, but also create safety and health hazards in your home.
The main cause of flooding from burst pipes is frozen water. When there is a lack of insulation, a quick drop in temperature, or if the thermostat is set too low, it is more likely that your pipes will burst. To avoid these conditions there are some simple precautions to take. First, insulate the pipes in your home’s attic and crawlspace. Michigan winters get extremely cold and it’s likely that without proper insulation you could be facing some major water damage. Second, keep your thermostat set at the same temperature throughout the day and night. This will avoid any drastic changes in temperature that could lead to freezing/bursting pipes. If you’re planning on leaving your home for a long period of time during the winter, make sure to set the thermostat at a reasonable temperature. Setting it very low might save money and energy, but coming home to burst pipes and water damage to your personal belongings is no fun.
If you take preventative measures and your pipes still freeze or burst, don’t panic. Call your local water restoration experts who will have the training and tools to effectively dry and restore your home.
If basement flooding or burst pipes are infiltrating your home, don’t hesitate to contact On-Site Specialty Cleaning & Restoration today. We are your local source for professional disaster restoration and home repairs. Water damage may seem daunting, and it is, but with the help of our trained experts, your home will be back to its original state in no time.
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