what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

3 Critical Areas Of Damage You Might Experience After A Severe Storm

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Are you a new property owner? If so, you likely want to protect your property against damages from storms. Aside from boarding up the property in the event of an evacuation, there are other things that you need to consider before a storm hits. You also need to be prepared or have an action plan in place if you are a victim of storm damage. The following are key areas of your property you should consider prepping that may need to be repaired after severe weather. 

Roofing

Depending on the type of roof you have installed and its condition, you may experience roofing damages during severe weather. Shingled rooftops may have shingles blown off. If a roof has existing damages prior to a storm, it is possible that the storm can make those damages worse and cause water leaks from rain or other elements. Perhaps you have big trees in close vicinity to your property. They could fall, and cause roof damage, and smaller  trees could be uprooted by heavy winds and also cause damage. 

You can reduce your risk for roofing damages caused by storms by ensuring that you make timely roof repairs. You could also consider investing in a durable roofing material such as metal that is wind resistant. You may also want to consider getting some of the trees near your home cut down. Always have your roof inspected after a severe storm. 

Plumbing

Issues with plumbing may arise when heavy precipitation is involved in stormy weather. This may cause toilets to overflow. Pipes may also burst. If flooding is involved, water damage may occur even if you have a sump pump. 

Ensure you have routine plumbing inspections performed. Sump pumps that only operate off electricity will not work during a power outage. It is wise to invest in a pump that has a battery back-up, which means that the pump will run off batteries if the power goes out during a storm.

Electrical

Power outages are common during inclement weather, and sometimes they may cause damages to electronics. Live and loose wires may also become a safety issue after a severe storm. 

Unplug electronics and store them high above floors if possible. You should also exercise caution if you return to your home and it is a known site for extensive damages. This is because live wires could pose a safety risk such as electrocution.

A storm damage repair service is a good resource to use for cleanup services. They will know the safest way to enter your property, and they will know which repairs are a priority. For example, if water damage is present, prompt cleaning could deter mold and mildew activity. To learn more, contact a company like Wolfe's Contracting

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21 July 2016