Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

roofing repair and replacement

April showers bring May flowers, but do you know what else these showers bring? Water damage and flooding. If your property is prone to flooding during long periods of rain, you could end up with a handful of repair bills. Before the rainy season really starts, make sure you…

Fix Roof Leaks
If you notice any brown water stains on the ceilings or walls of your home, inspect these areas to find where the water is coming from. Most of the time, roof leaks are to blame and you can usually trace their openings by heading into the attic and looking for similar water stains. Damaged or missing shingles are usually to blame when roof leaks exist and should repaired immediately.

Protect the Underground
Whether you have a crawlspace or basement, make sure you take the proper steps to secure this space. First things first, make sure the foundation of your home doesn’t have any cracks where water could pass through. Make sure you use masonry caulk AND cement to fill the cracks, which will also prevent them from re-cracking. If this underground area in your home is prone to flooding, you should definitely invest in a sump pump.

Maintain Your Gutters
Having a good gutter system that is properly maintained can prevent your home from experiencing roof leaks and property flooding. When the gutter system is seamless with no crack or gaps and has the correct slope, rainfall can effectively be channeled and drained away from your home. If you maintain your gutters by making sure they are clear from obstructions, water is less likely to pool up onto the eaves of the roof where roof leaks usually occur.

Too much rainfall can negatively affect your home by exposing it to flooding, roof leaks, and water damage. Make sure your roof and gutter system is in tip-top shape before the rainy season starts by contacting Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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