Preventing water damage to your home in Federal Way, WA is a lot cheaper than repairs from water damage. The core that holds your house together is the foundation, and the foundation is the one area that most often is damaged by water. The damage that causes weakness in the foundation, leads to weakness of the home structure. Here are some easy strategies to prevent water damage to your home.
One of the most important places to start is the drainage system. Make sure the water has pathways away from your home. Do this by keeping the gutters clean, make sure the downspouts are designed to direct water 5 – 10 feet away from your home, and your yard should be sloped at least 6 inches from the foundation. These items work to keep the water away from the foundation where it can lead to cracked masonry and damp conditions.
If your home has a sump pump, it should regularly be tested to make certain it stays in good working condition. It is not working well; a heavy storm could flood the basement or crawl space and lead to wet conditions. Check for home water leaks that may result in mold, mildew, and rotting, soggy wood where termites and carpenter ants love to take up residence. Having the roof inspected yearly to have any loose or damaged shingles repaired is important to keep damage from the top-side. Finally, examine the outer walls of your home, especially after the winter months, for cracks or other openings that need to be repaired or caulked to keep moisture out.
Hart Insurance provides homeowners insurance in the Federal Way, WA area. Contact a Hart agent today so we can help you explore your flood insurance options.