When you’re getting ready to sell your house, the last thing that you want to have to deal with is water damage. Having to deal with water damage in addition to the other things you are doing to prepare your house for the market can be extremely stressful. You are often blindsided by the fact that now you are displaced by the flood damage and it will likely cost thousands of dollars to fix it. How do you prevent it? If you live in a flood-prone area, what are some things you can do to mitigate any possible future damage so you can avoid the headache of trying to fix it? Here are some tips to consider.
Check Your Appliances
Even if you don’t live in a floodplain, you could get water damage from a faulty appliance. You should turn on the faucets of all of your sinks and bathtubs to see if there are any leaks coming from the faucet or the base of the handle. You should check to see if there are any links coming from the bottom of your sink, and you should inspect the base of your toilet to make sure it isn’t leaking either.
Waterproof the Basement
One of the most important things you can do to maintain the integrity of the home is to protect your basement from floods. In order to do this, you should look at filling cracks with hydraulic cement, digging an area about two feet below a window well in order to allow for water to collect there, and apply a masonry waterproofing kit to your bare walls if they get soaked from water damage. You also should consider a discharge line. Eavestroughing and discharge lines can be vital for keeping water away from cellars and basements.
Install a Sewer Backflow Valve
In flood-prone areas, one of the worst types of water damage can be backup from a sewer. This is because it not only can cause mold damage, but it also can lead to diseases caught from airborne bacteria. Installing a sewer backflow valve will keep the drain line from overflowing because it has a flapper that will automatically close when needed.
Repair or Replace a Leaky Roof
Does your roof leak every time there is heavy rain? If that’s the case it could eventually collapse on you. However, there is a lot of hidden damage that can occur from a leaky roof. This would include water seeping in the insulation in your crawl space, causing mold and rot to settle in. If you are experiencing a leaky roof, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible in order to prevent water damage.
Water damage isn’t something to take lightly. Keep these tips in mind and you will significantly reduce the odds of you having a home impacted by water damage. Catching things early on is essential for reducing the price of repairs.