Water is a necessity in life, but it can also cause great problems.
Water is the most abundant compound on Earth’s surface, covering 70 percent of the planet. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water and at birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight. Water is a necessity in life, but it can also cause great problems.
Water damage can lead to wood rot, peeling paint, insect infestation, and shorter lifespan of roofing and siding increasing maintenance cost.
The best ways to prevent water damage from rainwater and snowmelt:
- Windows/Doors: Check for leaks around your windows and doors, paying extra attention near the corners. Peeling paint could be signs of water getting into the wood. Discolored paint or caulking, swelling of the window or door frame could be signs of water damage.
- Roof: Repair or replace shingles around any area that allows water to penetrate the roof sheathing. Leaks will most commonly be found around chimneys, plumbing vents and attic vents. To find the source of a ceiling leak, measure its location from the nearest outside wall and then locate this point in the attic using a measuring tape. Water may run along the attic floor, rafters, or truss for quite a distance before coming through the ceiling.
- Foundation and Exterior Walls: Seal any cracks and holes in external walls, joints, and foundations. Ensure you have positive drainage away from your house.
- Plumbing: Check for leaking faucets and dripping or “sweating” pipes. Inspect washing machine hoses for bulges, cracks or wetness around the connections. Replace them every few years or sooner if problems are found. Inspect the water heater for signs of rust or water on the floor.
Rapid Dry Restoration specializes in Water Damage Restoration. Rapid Dry Restoration will go through the entire process of drying all the way to the rebuild. We use cutting edge drying equipment and thermal cameras that show exactly where the problems are quickly focusing on detecting energy waste, moisture, and electrical issues. It’s the most cost-effective and easy way to help save our customers money. Other companies will try to increase the bill amount. We accommodate the homeowner and insurance agent by cutting cost by using our thermal imaging cameras.
Winter is soon to be upon us and very quick! If water damage is something you’d like to avoid at all costs, be sure to check out our article on frozen pipes – https://www.rapiddrycolorado.com/frozen-pipes.