A How-To Guide for Preventing Water Damage to Your Property

Rainy days are perfect for lounging around and hearing the soothing drip-drop of raindrops on your roof. Unfortunately, if your structure isn’t properly protected from the elements, the peacefulness of the rain may stop at your ears. Avoid a costly headache by heeding these water damage prevention tips…

Inspect Your Building’s Foundation

It’s best to think of the foundation as the bones of your home or office – it supports the entire structure. Inspecting your foundation for cracks, holes, and other blemishes is the first step in preventing water leakage, which, as we all know, can lead to flooding, mold, and other serious damage. Make sure to walk the perimeter of your foundation (on the inside and outside) every season, and take note of any potential problem areas.

Inspect Your Basement

Your basement needs regular inspections as well, especially during and after rain showers. Follow these steps as you inspect your basement:

  • Check for Wet Spots on Carpet, Flooring & Corners: If water is present, try to determine the source of the water.
  • Sniff the Walls: This might sound silly, but if you detect a musty smell, mold or mildew could be the culprit. Mold causes serious health problems for both people and pets.  If mold or mildew is a concern, contact a mold remediation professionalright away.
  • Turn off the Lights: Use a flashlight to investigate cracks and crevices that might not be easily visible. You may even need a ladder to inspect hard-to-reach areas. Safety tip: Remember to always have a spotter when using a ladder!

Inspect Your Roof & Attic

Roofs that are missing shingles or have worn out materials, are at great risk for water damage. With every rainfall, water seeps into the unprotected areas of your roof, damaging the structure. You should inspect your roof twice a year, and after any type of severe weather or storm. If you have an attic, inspect the underside of the plywood (beneath the roof) for key signs of water penetration such as watermarks or mold.

Touch up Exterior Paint

Wet weather conditions take a serious toll on exterior paint jobs. As you’re inspecting your foundation, pay attention to the status of your exterior paint – is the paint bubbling, cracking, or peeling?  If you find any of these issues, touch up the area(s) as soon as possible.

Clean Your Home’s Gutters

Since dirt and debris easily clog gutters (and we don’t especially love cleaning them out regularly, water backup is all too common. It is important that you learn how to regularly (and properly) clean your gutters, so you don’t run into the following issues:

  • Rotted Boards & Windowsills
  • Water Leakage
  • Flooded Basements
  • Water Seepage into Foundations

Re-Direct Your Gutter Downspouts

Next time it rains, slip on your rain boots and take a look at your downspouts. If the water is pooling less than five feet away from your home, re-direct it with gutter extensions as soon as possible to prevent water damage and flooding. Regular downspout maintenance, cleaning, and repairs are fairly quick and affordable tasks that can save you big in the long run!

If your structure does seem to have water damage that needs restoration, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


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Nora Moore wrote on September 23rd, 2015 09:09:23am
That's a good point that mold is a very serious problem. I'm fine with smelling a few walls to check for it before it gets bad. Cleaning up the gutters is a good idea as well. I don't want to have water backing up into my house.
Jasper Whiteside wrote on October 21st, 2016 04:10:48pm
I think that most people associate a leaking roof with a drip that is caught by a bucket. I don't think that's the case very often. I really liked your tip to check the roof twice a year for this reason.
Restoration San Tan wrote on February 4th, 2017 09:02:54am
Thank you for sharing, great information you've provided. Like the pictures as well.