The first signs of water damage might seem innocent, but by the time you see those signs, the damage to your home has already begun.
Warnings such as a water stain on your ceiling or a leak from the washing machine or underneath a sink can mean a real problem – a weakened roof or rotting floorboards – eventually. Water damage that happens spontaneously such as a burst pipe can damage your furniture, carpets and other personal possessions, and here in Florida, any flooding can very quickly lead to mold and all the problems it brings with it.
Why take a chance with perhaps your family’s biggest investment? Learn how to prevent water damage in the areas of your home that are most likely to suffer from it. It’s a good idea to start with the rooms or areas where the most water is involved – the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, roof and pool.
Here are some easy ways to keep April showers (and other water sources) from wreaking havoc around your home.
Install rain gutters, keep them cleaned out and in good shape, and extend downspouts at strategic angles to control runoff and take rainwater far from the house.
Smart landscaping techniques can also help divert rainwater and prevent water damage. Try drainage swales, rain gardens, and other landscaping solutions that will keep your yard absorbing the water it should.
Dry out a wet basement, garage, Florida Room, enclosed porch or other ground level room with affordable steps and products to help deal with condensation, high groundwater, and poor drainage.
Use rain barrels to collect water during powerful downpours.
Give your roof a checkup occasionally, and look for spots where water may be getting in.
Take note of any especially wet areas near and around your pool that don’t seem to dry out, and an increased need to add water to the pool. These could be signs of a leak.
It is always a good idea to check with your Daytona Beach insurance agent to know exactly what your homeowners insurance covers and what it doesn’t, and we are happy to answer any questions.
The O’Quinn Insurance Agency, which serves the East Central Florida area, can also provide you with insurance for your automobiles, boat, motorcycle and your life.