For many homeowners or renters, water damage can happen suddenly, without warning. So with the spring thaw approaching, it’s important to take the right precautions and protect your valuables.
1. Invest In A Good Sump Pump
It’s important that your home has a good working and well-maintained sump pump, as well as a backup power supply. Not only will having a sump pump help you in the unexpected event of a water leak or flood, but it can automatically help reduce the extent of damage. With this being said, it’s also crucial that your sump pump has a backup power supply or is powered with reliable batteries as, without power, your sump pump will be useless! Meaning, if there is a blackout or power outage, your sump pump won’t work automatically if water enters your home.
2. Keep Your Floor Drains Clear
Many basements or lower level homes have drains installed in areas that are known to flood or pool water like laundry rooms and basements. However, as flooding is not an everyday occurrence, many accidentally overlook a home’s built-in defence against flooding by covering the floor drains with furniture. Some even go to the extent of accidentally covering drains with new flooring! So be sure to always know where your drains are and understand how important they can be in the event of a flood or leak. When it comes to protecting your valuables, they can drastically reduce the amount of damage if water begins to collect in the lower levels.
3. Lead Outside Water Away From Your Home
Even though we’ve had some warmer temperatures, the official spring thaw has not yet happened! Meaning, even though much of the snow or ice we’ve seen outside has melted, it may not be warm enough to completely thaw the ground or all of the precipitation that we’ve seen this winter! So, in time, water levels could still increase, and pooling can still occur. This can be extremely stressful for some homeowners who live in a flood-prone location or already have damage from previous spring thaws. Regardless of if you think water will damage your home this year, you should still direct water away from the dwelling. And if it continues to snow, you should shovel snow away from your home as well as lead melting water away from its foundation and below-grade windows or doors. This includes using downspouts and clearing clogged gutters so water does not pool beside the dwelling.
4. Be Proactive And Protect Your Valuables
Sometimes water just enters your home unexpectedly. So it’s important to act proactively and protect your valuables from possible water damage. Meaning, you need to take the time to reorganize the lower levels of your home. Specifically by storing valuables in plastic or waterproof storage containers and place them above floor level on shelving. By doing this, you can help reduce what items are exposed to water and ensure that if a flood happens or a pipe bursts, your valuables will remain safe and protected.
5. Stay On Top Of Repairs
You need to maintain your home. Over time, your home may suddenly have cracks in the foundation, windows and doors may allow for drafts, or appliances that use water may break. When this happens, it’s crucial that you repair these problems immediately! Choosing not to make important repairs could leave you vulnerable to water damage. Not only can cracks in your foundation or cracks in door and window seals allow for water to seep in over time, but faulty appliances could malfunction and overflow with water!
Even though you take every precaution you can to limit floods or leaks, sometimes, your home can be unexpectedly damaged from water. And in cases like this, it’s important that you have the right coverage to protect yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about the water damage protection we offer, or if you’re curious about your current coverage, contact us today!