As temperatures rise during the summer, homes are at risk for water damage, often due to increased humidity, thunderstorms, and the potential for hurricanes in certain regions. Preparing your home to handle these conditions can prevent costly repairs and ensure your safety. Water damage can weaken structural integrity, ruin valuable possessions, and foster mold growth, which poses health risks.

Inspecting Your Home

Start by thoroughly inspecting your home before summer begins. Focus on the following areas:

  • Roof: Check for missing, damaged, or worn-out shingles and ensure all seals and joints are watertight.
  • Gutters Maintenance: Remove debris from gutters and position downspouts to direct water away from the foundation.
  • Windows and Doors: Inspect seals around windows and doors to ensure they are intact, preventing water seepage.

Maintaining Indoor Humidity Levels

Managing indoor humidity is crucial to preventing mold growth and protecting the interior from moisture damage. Use these strategies to maintain appropriate humidity levels:

  • Use Dehumidifiers, Particularly in basements and other damp areas, to keep humidity levels in check.
  • Ventilation: Ensure your home is well-ventilated; use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to help expel moisture.
  • Air Conditioning: Regularly maintain your air conditioning unit to keep it running efficiently, as it reduces indoor humidity by cooling the air.

Landscaping and Drainage

Proper landscaping and drainage are vital in directing water away from your home, thus preventing potential water damage. Implement these tips:

  • Slope Grading: Ensure the land around your home slopes away from the foundation to direct water flow outward.
  • Plants and Trees: Choose plants that absorb excess water, and don't plant trees too close to the foundation, as roots can disrupt water flow and damage structures.

Emergency Preparedness

Despite all precautions, preparing for unexpected water damage is wise. Keep an emergency kit and consider the following:

  • Insurance Review: Regularly review your homeowner's insurance to understand what is and isn't covered under water damage.
  • Emergency Contacts: Create an emergency contact list, including your local AdvantaClean water damage restoration company.

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Use these tips to protect your home from the risks of water damage during the summer. Preparing in advance allows you to enjoy the warmer weather without the stress of water damage and repairs. If water intrusion occurs, the experts at AdvantaClean at (877) 800-2382 are ready 24/7 to assist property owners with water damage restoration services.