Home Water Damage PreventionNo matter where you live or what kind of home you own, keeping the home moisture free and safe from water damage is very important. Moisture and the resulting mold can damage a home and threaten the health of inhabitants. Cleaning up after water damage and mold can be very costly; water damage prevention can save a lot of money and trouble. The following are a few tips for keeping your home safe from water damage.

1. Clean the Gutters

Gutters collect rainwater and other types of precipitation and deposit the water in a place where it can drain away from the home without causing damage. When gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, the water is not allowed to flow freely through the gutters. This may cause the water – and debris – to spill down the side of the house and cause damage to siding or other structures. Rainwater may also collect on window sills or around the home’s foundation. Over time, this can deteriorate structures and cause mold to form.

2. Fix Leaks throughout the Home

Even small leaks in the basement, attic, around windows, and around doors can allow moisture to get into the home. Depending on where the leak is, water may seep into the walls, floors, or ceilings and cause mold to form inside where it is difficult to reach or repair. Fixing leaks before they become a problem may prevent you from requiring full restoration and can protect your family from mold related health conditions.

3. Control Moisture Levels within the Home

Differences in temperature and humidity levels between the inside and outside of the home can cause condensation to form on windows and other surfaces. This condensation can cause mold to form just as quickly as moisture from other sources. Using ventilation systems, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers when necessary can help to control the moisture levels in the home and prevent condensation from forming.

4. Check the Sump Pump and Plumbing

A sump pump can help to keep moisture away from the home when heavy rains or other inclement weather causes water levels to rise by draining the excess water away from the home’s sump basin. Making sure that the sump pump is working and keeping other home plumbing in good working order can help to prevent moisture issues that may cause water damage. Since blown washing machine hoses often cause water damage, it is particularly important to check the washing machine hose for signs of wear frequently.

Taking simple precautions may help you to keep you family safe and your home free from mold and water damage.