Spring is upon us! As you head outdoors to tend to your garden and lawn, don’t neglect your home’s exterior. With the warmer weather comes more rain this season. Spring is ripe for rainstorms and it’s also a time when homeowners in Mississauga may experience water damage.
Below are six tips you can use to avoid having to deal with water damage restoration this season. Be sure to add this checklist to your spring cleaning tasks — both indoors and outdoors. During the next rainstorm or severe weather event, you’ll be thankful that you did.
1) Disconnect Your Hoses
Standing water in your hoses can freeze and create a block that prevents water from flowing. This can cause pipes to burst and water to flow out. Be sure to disconnect your hoses before winter hits each year. Now that it’s spring, you’re safe to reconnect.
2) Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Rainwater should be able to move freely through your gutters. When leaves build up, your gutters can overflow, causing water damage to your roof. Also ensure downspouts are clear of debris and angled away from your home to prevent water damage to your foundation.
3) Trim Trees and Plants
Overgrown plants can wrap around pipes and eventually cause them to break. Before you have a water damage restoration project on your hands, trim the plants around your pipes.
4) Maintain Appliances
A quick check of your fridge, dishwasher and washing machine will ensure they’re not leaking. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for maintenance.
5) Fix Leaky Faucets
It may only be dripping occasionally, but those drips can add up and affect your water bill. Plus, dealing with simple leaks now can prevent larger, more costly damages from developing.
6) Install Braided Hoses
Old, rubber tubing behind your washing machine can crack as it ages. Installing braided, metal hosing will prevent future leaks.
Above all, it’s important to remember that water damage restoration caused by poor maintenance on your part as a homeowner isn’t covered under most standard insurance plans.
At Grandmother’s Touch in Mississauga, we provide local homeowners with 24-7 emergency service and one-hour response time for water damage restoration. Our staff is IICRC certified and we use state-of-the-art equipment to extract water and moisture, promote drying, and clean and sanitize your home afterwards.
If you need service due to a flood, call our emergency line at (416) 985-4681 for urgent help.