Stop Water Seepage | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
You may not notice it, but water could be seeping through your house. If your air quality is low and you notice a musty smell or you have seen peeling paint or bubbled spots on your walls, there may be a problem causing damage somewhere.
Rust on your indoor appliances may be another indicator of a water leak. While these can be fairly hard-to-spot signs, there are obvious ones to look for, too. If you come across standing water on the floor that can’t be otherwise explained, you should dig a little deeper to find unseen problems.
It doesn’t take a lot of water to do serious damage, so learning what to look for, how to prevent leaks and ways to correct them is crucial for keeping your home safe.
Sinks, tubs, showers and toilets are common sources of water leaks in the home. Water supply lines can develop small holes or caulk may begin to wear out and lead to seeping water that can damage walls and floors.
Get used to checking these areas as often as you clean, and stop every leak you find quickly. A minor leak can waste thousands of gallons of water every year, making timing essential when it comes to mitigating risks in your home.
Large appliances that have water supplies are another high risk area for slow leaks that may go unnoticed in the home. Refrigerators with ice makers and dishwashers are both prone to leaks that could do serious damage to your floor.
In order to check these appliances for leaks, unplug them and move them away from the wall. Look for puddles or other wet spots, mold growth or soft spots in the wall or floor. If you do notice anything out of the ordinary, call our trained professionals for fast and thorough restoration services.
There are of course other risks that may not originate from inside your home. Exterior leaks can creep in slowly through windows and doors or can rush over your foundation when the weather turns severe and results in flooding.
Living near Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek means that flooding can be a real challenge. Heavy rains throughout the year and snow melt as the winter weather eases both cause our water sources to overflow along with flash flooding when other areas are already overly saturated.
It is crucial to have a plan year-round in order to keep our homes and neighborhoods the most protected.
Fortunately, you can manage the risk of excessive moisture. You will need to prepare your home and update those preparations seasonally in order to keep water intrusions at bay.
Your gutter system and roof are the first place you should start in protecting your home. When gutters are filled with dirt, leaves or other debris water is forced to overflow and can leak through your ceiling, walls and into the foundation. Clean your gutters often and clear any debris from the downspouts so that water can easily roll away from your property.
Your entry points are another area you will want to take care of regularly. Check the seals on windows and doors to ensure they have not decayed or come loose. Sealed windows prevent moisture buildup that could lead to mold growth and damage.
Your landscaping also serves as another great point of defense against flooding or seeping water invasions. Create a sloping pitch on your property with natural resources so that water moves away from your foundation and is absorbed appropriately to prevent ponding. Take every step possible to keep your home safe and dry so that you can rest easy through every season.
If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us, 24⁄7. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.