Our Layton homes are susceptible to flood damage from multiple different sources. Because flooding can happen unexpectedly, routine maintenance and inspection of your home can help decrease the risk of potential water damage from flooding. From our flood cleanup experts, the following list is a great resource for ways that homeowners can help prevent water damage to their property.
Water is the leading culprit of weakened foundations. Poor drainage around your home can weaken the foundation, cause cracks and uneven settling, and allow for water to enter into your home. You should clean your rain gutters regularly and clear any blockages. Clogged gutters will cause water to build up and pool around your home. If your gutters are continually getting clogged or built up, you can install gutter guards to keep water flowing. Downspouts should direct water at least 5-10 feet away from your home to keep it from pooling around the foundation. It is also a good idea to slope your yard away from your home’s foundation. A slope will help direct water away from your home and prevent pooling. Increased water around your home can eventually lead to flooding in the basement, so keeping water away from the foundation can help reduce that risk.
Hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can become loosened, erode or deteriorate over time, causing large amounts of water to flood into your home. Routine inspection of the integrity of these hoses will ensure that no leaks or floods will occur from a faulty water hose. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks. It is also recommended that you replace these hoses every 3 years to avoid potential damage and flood cleanup costs. Faucets and connections to water sources in the home should be checked regularly also. Faucets that do not turn easily, or are not able to seal completely to other connections should be fixed to prevent leaking or flooding.
Sump pumps should be checked at least once a year, especially before storms and rainy seasons. If your sump pump is not working properly, water can back up and flood into your home. It is simple to check, just slowly fill the sump pump with water and watch the water level line. As the water rises, it should trigger the pump to turn on, and the water level should begin to fall. If you do not have a backup pump, consider installing one as a safety net if your sump pump gets overwhelmed or fails. If your sump pump is not working properly, get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent flooding.
Water from a damaged pipe can burst and flood into your home very quickly. In instances where water is rushing in, it is important to know where your water shut off valve is located. Being able to quickly locate and shut off your main water supply can make a huge difference in the extent of water damage that occurs to your home. As another safety precaution, you could install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure build up in pipes and can influence the flow of water inside your home. When pressure gets too high, pipes will burst to release the pressure, which often means flooding.
Even the most prepared homes can still fall victim to flooding. If you find yourself faced with flood cleanup, you will need a reliable restoration company you can count on to take care of your home. Swift Restoration is available 24/7 to provide flood cleanup services in Layton, and will ensure the best results for your home.