Easy Tips That Minimize Weather-Related Water Damage in Seminole
Preventing Water Damage is the Economical Choice
Our weather in Seminole brings us occasional surprises, with most days showering us with sunshine and gentle breezes. On other days, we find our patios drenched and our beautiful trees and plants whipped by terribly strong winds. Nasty surprises like that can make any nightmares about water damage come true.
Residents can take measures that diminish the impact of water damage on their Ft. Lauderdale homes. Preventing an expensive and destructive problem is almost always more economical than taking care of the problem when an emergency occurs. It is much less time-sensitive and stressful, too.
Here are a few preventative steps homeowners can take to reduce restoration costs:
- Invest in some machinery,
- Maintain your house's exterior, and
- Landscaping choices.
Sump pumps are mainstays, but if yours doesn't work or works slowly, it can only help a little. You need one that can handle a deluge as it washes into your lower levels from the outside. You should also have a dehumidifier to protect unaffected areas. In addition to these, having a generator available can keep your lights on and allow these machines to keep running if the power goes out.
The only things directly between the heavy rain and your home's interior are the roof and the exterior walls. Any openings within these structures can let rain inside. Gutters should also receive maintenance and periodic checks to ensure they are correctly aligned. They should never drip water against your home, and they should cause water to drain away from your home, as well.
Trimming unnecessary tree limbs keeps them from falling onto your home. Roots can also damage your foundation, leading to rain seeping inside. Another landscaping detail to check is that the soil around your residence has no depressions where rain can collect – rain should drain away from your home.
When you need help with damage from a storm or other water, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.