Spring in Maryland brings renewed energy and a greater motivation to work around the house and outside on chores homeowners have been avoiding. Most importantly, spring is a reminder to polish and care for areas of your home that cause water damage. Check out our spring cleaning tips below to avoid water damage and keep your home in good condition.
Flush Your Water Heater
Going into spring, ensure your water heater is functioning well. When your water heater performs poorly, flooding can happen within minutes. To avoid water damage in your home, ensure your heater is always fully operational. In addition, water heaters require maintenance to prolong their lifespan and efficiency. Also, maintenance like flushing out the water heater includes getting rid of build-up sediments that lead to your water heater not functioning correctly and potentially damaging it.
Direct Water Away from Your House
Your home’s grading likely has a downward slope to direct water away from your house. If your house needed to be appropriately graded originally, you can take this opportunity to change it. However, if you instead implement a less intrusive option, consider a French drain or a dry creek. Moreover, inspect your drains. Clogged drains can trigger water to flood, leading to water damage. So, remove any noticeable blockage immediately.
Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts
Spring is the absolute time to clean your home’s gutters and downspouts. This cleaning type is best done on a sunny day. While you’re cleaning your clogged gutters, ensure to clear out the downspouts too. The downspouts are another area for water blockage to go toward your home. As a result, cleaning and clearing your gutters and downspouts will direct the water flow from your foundation.
Caulk All Stucco and Windows
Another method to avoid water damage in your home is to inspect the windows and stucco on your home’s interior and exterior for potential cracks. Cracks that do not have caulk can become entrances for water to enter your house. In addition, it’s beneficial to apply the caulk to all joints in a window frame, especially the joint between the wall and frame. Caulking is a quick option to prevent water damage that can possibly happen.
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