Insurance claims for water damage are on the rise, making water damage the second leading cause for filing a claim. Water damage is so prevalent, nearly 40 percent of all homeowners have filed a water damage claim with their insurance company. The truth is, water is massively destructive, but water damage is almost entirely preventable. Following are five ways to protect your home from water intrusion.
Perform Regular Inspections
The best way to prevent water damage is to stop water intrusion before it happens. Don't worry, you don't need a crystal ball to stop water intrusion. You just have to pay attention. Inspect your home a few times a year to look for signs of trouble. Also, have a professional inspection performed every few years. Inspections should include key components, such as your roof, siding, windows and basement.
Inspections will uncover potential problems, however, you should work hard to stop problems before they occur by keeping your home well maintained. Always maintain your home and replace key components according to professional recommendations.
Clean Your Gutters
Water always follows the path of least resistance. When your gutters are in good working order, water simply runs of your roof and away from your home. When gutters are broken or blocked by debris, however, water can get trapped and work its way through your roof and walls into your home.
Clean your gutters twice a year, in the spring and fall. While cleaning them out, inspect your gutters for damage. If you see any issues, have your gutters repaired or replaced without delay. Water damage can happen in an instant.
Replace Your Roof
A leaky roof is one of the main causes of residential water damage. Inspect your roof each time you clean your gutters, looking for raised shingles, missing flashing or storm damage. Also, replace your roof before problems start to occur.
Typically, a shingled roof lasts about 20 years. If it's been nearly that long since you last replaced your roof, it's time to do so. Do not wait for leaks to occur before performing roof maintenance. Make it a part of your yearly routine to inspect, repair or replace your roof as necessary.
Repair Your Siding
While your roof and gutter system is your home's first and best defense against water damage, your siding also plays a role. Old and broken siding can allow water to pass through, damaging your home's structures underneath the siding. If you notice any signs of damage, have your siding repaired or replaced.
Vinyl siding doesn't remain in good condition for life. It generally has a 20 to 40 year life during which you can depend on it keeping your home dry and secure. If your siding is old or looking a little worse for the wear, it's probably time to replace it.
Update Windows and Doors
All entry points, including your windows and doors, are areas where water can get into your home. To prevent water intrusion, keep your windows in good working condition. Perform regular inspections and maintenance. If your windows and doors cannot be repaired, have them replaced.
Remember, old windows should always be replaced with newer, efficient windows. However, replacement windows also have a shelf life. If it's been several decades since you last replaced your windows, it's time to do so again.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prevent water intrusion in your home by keeping your home in pristine condition. Plan for regular maintenance and updates and budget accordingly. Call Wolf Siding & Windows today to schedule an appointment and get those repairs and updates your home needs.