Protecting Your Home From Water Damage
Water damage can happen in Montana regardless of the season. Our widely changing weather and temperatures can make any season water damage season. Luckily, you can help mitigate water damage by doing a few simple things each year to make sure your home is protected.
1. Perform regular inspections of your home and plumbing.
Checking your home’s plumbing system for leaks and damage can mitigate water damage emergencies. Inspect your home for any signs of water leaks such as damp areas or discoloration of walls, floors, and ceilings. Look for mold or mildew throughout the home. Often mildew will also have an odor. If you smell any sort of order, contact ServiceMaster in your area immediately to help with water damage mitigation. Check around your washing machine, refrigerator, appliances, and water heater for any signs of leaking water. Inspecting your home can save you tens of thousands of dollars later.
2. Keep your home exterior in good condition.
Water can come through the roof, siding or foundation to your home and cause extensive damage. Montana’s harsh weather changes can contribute to water entering your home. It is important that you repair any leaks from the roof, siding, or foundation. You will also want to remove heavy snow from your roof safely. Keep gutters clean so that water can easily flow through the gutters and away from your foundation.
3. If you see water damage in your home, fix it immediately.
Water damage does happen. Sometimes it is a leaking pipe or a drip when it rains. Even if the water damage seems minor, it is important that you fix the problem immediately so that it does not become a larger water damage issue. Water damage that continues for years can become more than just property damage. Water damage can create mold that will grow throughout your home causing other issues, including possible health issues. If you are unsure of how extensive water damage is, contact a professional like ServiceMaster to inspect your home for water damage.
If water damage does enter your home, the best thing you can do is contact your local ServiceMaster to help assess how much water damage has been done and how best to minimize the damage. We have professional tools and water extraction systems that can remove water from inside of your home and prevent the damage from spreading.