With all the rain we have been experiencing up and down the coast at the moment there is always risk of flash flooding if your property is not up to scratch with water damage prevention.
Water damage in the home can cause all sorts of issues from mould growth, internal cosmetic damage, all the way to structural damage. We have made a list of prevention tips that can assist in reducing the risk of water entering and damaging your property.
Have your roof checked regularly
Cracked or loose tiles, leaking skylights, rusty or loosened fasteners can all contribute to a leaky roof. When water enters your roof cavity it can cause mould, timber rot and damage to your ceiling from above. Having your roof checked by someone experienced will ensure that small repairs can be done with ease and not turn into larger issues down the track.
Maintain your gutters
When guttering becomes clogged there is nowhere for excess water to escape efficiently. This can increase the risk of water entering your home where it is not wanted.
Sometimes guttering can become loose or cracked and this can result in water escaping in all directions. Just like your roof, doing small regular repairs when needed can stop water from leaking into your property causing water damage.
It is a good idea to clean out your gutters regularly, and at least once a year have them done by a professional so that any small repairs to your guttering can be performed at the same time.
Have your drainage assessed
When heavy rain falls blocked drains can be a nightmare. Although you can’t really do much about the maintenance drains on your street, you can keep your drains maintained on your own property. If you feel that water is not draining away as it should, have your drains assessed. If you don’t have drainage on your property, this can be a major risk for water damage to your home in the event of flash flooding or even days of heavy rain.
Large puddles in your yard that aren’t subsiding, rising damp and mouldy areas can be signs of a property drainage issue. Sloping yards also need extra drainage due to pooling wet areas. If you are not sure of the drainage needs of your property, always ask a professional.
Invest in Sandbags
If you live nearby a body of water, whether it be a large river, creek or even just a large drain – it is a good idea to invest in some sandbags. In the event of rising king tides or flash flooding sandbags will help to keep some of the water out of your property in order to prevent water damage.
If you have already discovered water damage in your home whether it be from flash flooding, mould, rising damp or a plumbing issue – give us a call at Disaster Restorations Australia. We are water damage experts who will give your specialist advice specific to your property.