Spring is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. One of the best parts of spring is the beautiful blooming flowers, trees, and plants that come with it. Of course, the longer days of sunlight are also a major perk – there’s nothing quite like the feeling of the warm sun on your skin after a long winter.
South Dakota saw record snowfall this year, and while you may be ready for a big thaw and the glorious spring weather, you should also make sure your home is prepared.
How to Prevent Water Damage
Here are some tips for preventing water damage in your home.
- Check your roof for any signs of damage or wear (especially from pesky ice dams). Make sure to repair any holes or weak spots in your roof quickly to prevent water from entering your home.
- Clear any debris from your gutters, downspouts, and drains. Make sure your gutters are in good working order to ensure that water is being channeled away from your home.
- Inspect your plumbing system for any signs of damage or leaks. If you find any issues, have a professional repair them right away.
- Check your windows and doors for any drafts or gaps. Seal any openings around windows and doors to keep water out.
- Make sure your sump pump is in good working condition and test it on a regular basis.
- If you have an area with water pooling near your home, take steps to divert the water away from your house.
Even with all of these safeguards in place, accidents can still happen. If your home has received water damage from melting snow, the first thing you should do is to remove the excess water from the affected area as soon as possible. This can be done by using a wet/dry vacuum, a mop and bucket, or towels. You should also open any windows and use a fan to help dry out the area.
Water Remediation Services
If there is standing water, you should contact a professional water damage restoration service, like the folks at Intek, to help assess the damage and repair any potential damage. It is also important to identify the source of the water damage, as this can help prevent future water damage issues.
Inspect for Mold & Mildew
Most importantly, inspect the area for mold or mildew, as they can be a health hazard and should be dealt with immediately. To ensure your safety, we recommend having a professional remove the mold. Our team is efficient, confidential, and thorough in removing mold and getting your home back to tip top shape!