Warm days are around the corner, but so are spring showers. ServiceMaster Restoration by Bailey in Des Moines, Iowa compiled a DIY inspection checklist to help you prevent spring water damage in your home.
Bathrooms & Kitchen:
- The cold winter weather might have done some damage to your pipes. Inspect the rooms in your home with the most water pipes, your bathrooms and kitchen.
- Look around toilets, sinks and tubs while your water is running to ensure you don’t have any leaks.
- The first signs of flooding due to spring showers are most likely going to show up in your basement.
- Look around the perimeter of your basement for water staining or any gaps that could allow water inside.
- Your sump pump has made it through fall and winter. As spring continues, test your pump to make sure it’s still functioning properly.
- Your attic is also highly susceptible to storm damage. Look around the perimeter of your attic for signs of water damage like stains, soft spots or holes.
- Check for any signs of mold.
- Inspect the underside of your roof for ice damage that could have occurred during the winter.
- Your laundry room houses many water-guzzling appliances. Run your washing machine and look for leaks. Don’t forget to check the hose behind your machine. It shouldn’t be leaking or restricted in any way.
- During the winter, your entranceways often endure some damage. However, spring showers can continue to make tracked in mud and moisture a common sight.
- Protect your floors by keeping a dry mop on hand, using durable throw rugs and enforcing a no shoe household.
Windows, Doors & Roof:
- Walk around the exterior of your home and inspect areas that are highly susceptible to water damage including doors, windows and your roof.
- Ensure windows and doors close correctly. If you see gaps, seal with weather stripping.
- It’s time to make sure your sprinklers are in working order. Reverse any winter preparations you made including reconnecting your water supply and removing coverings.
- Replace damaged pipes and sprinkler heads.
- Turn on your sprinklers to make sure they’re watering your plants without creating pools of excess water.
- While you’re at it, make sure exterior faucets function properly and repair any leaks or damage you find.
- Your gutters are essential to redirecting rainwater. Inspect gutters for leaks and blockages.
- Remove debris that can cause an overflow.
- Direct downspouts away from your home’s foundation. Do this with downspout extenders which can be found in your local home improvement store.
- Consider sloping your yard away from your home if you see water pooling around your home’s exterior.
We hope this DIY inspection checklist keeps your home dry during spring showers. If you experience water damage this season, you can count on ServiceMaster Restoration by Bailey in Des Moines, Iowa. Contact us at (844) 338-5447 for 24/7 emergency water damage services.
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