Water damage shows itself in small ways at first, from a minor dull streak on a wall to a few spots on the ceiling. You may brush it off as aging and wear, choosing to paint over the discoloration at first. However, the minor paint job can quickly turn into a burst pipe and extensive home repairs, some of which will not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. The most effective way to deal with water damage in your home is to prevent it from happening.
Unclog the Gutters
Every late autumn after the leaves have fallen, you should raise a ladder to the roof and clean out the gutters. Clogged gutters can produce water overflow that runs down the side of your home into the basement, as well as between drywall and an exterior wall. All you need is a pair of thick plastic gloves that run up the forearms. Although you can expect gutter clearing to involve mostly leaves, you might find bird and squirrel nests blocking the flow of water.
Where You Plant Matters
Several species of plants and trees sprout long, invasive roots that enter drainage and sprinkler systems. The result is a back up of water eventually flowing into your home. Make sure to plant root invasive vegetation far away from your house.
Drain the Swamp with a Snake
Chemicals that unclog sinks appear to be sound options for preventing water damage. However, drain chemicals present a potentially major problem. Caustic chemicals have the power to disturb seemingly impossible to unclog sinks, but the same caustic chemicals do a number on the metal pipes that move water from the sink into the sewer system. By using a sturdy, yet pliable snake, you unclog metal pipes, without causing any damage to the pipes.
Store Grease in Containers
Grease is a water pipe’s worst enemy, yet many homeowners forget the simple scientific principle by pouring grease down sink drains. Despite what you have heard, hot water does not dislodge grease. The thick substance congeals and clings to the sides of pipes until enough accumulates to prevent water from moving through the drain system. Use empty containers to store grease for proper disposal at a municipal sanctioned recycling center.
Water Damage Repair in Lynn & Swampscott, MA
If you notice signs of water damage around your home, contact Flannery’s Handymen! We will come to your home, remove any excess, standing water, and repair damage to your walls. Flannery’s Handymen will also repair ice dams forming on your roof and clear out your gutters in the fall. Flannery’s Handymen can be reached by calling 781-775-9943 or by filling out our online contact form.