Failing to protect your property from a potential flood means you could be swimming in the deep end and eventually be drowning in debt. But all jokes aside, water damage can be a costly inconvenience for any homeowner, and investors know that their rental properties are no different. Fortunately, natural disasters a rare and unlikely event; however, there are many other factors that cause flood damage. Whether you’re a landlord, a tenant or a homeowner, there are a number of ways you can reduce the risk of water damage to the property. Here’s how:
1. Check your gutters
Ideally, you should clean rain gutters at least once a year and remove any build up of debris and vegetation. It’s also a good idea to make sure your gutters are angled downward so water drains away from your property instead of pooling at the edges and seeping into the building foundations.
2. Check downspouts
If possible, extend gutter downspouts so that they’re well away from the property. The whole point of an effective drainage system is to prevent as much water as possible from collecting around the building, so ensuring downspouts carry the water as far as possible means you’re less likely to develop a flood issue. Also check downspouts for damage and replace or repair any broken parts.
3. Firmly secure downspouts with ties
To prevent spouts from being broken apart or separated in strong winds or storms, make sure they are properly secured in place and anchored to a stake.
4. Grade the yard
In heavy downpours, water can easily build up on level ground, leaving your property at risk. If you can, make sure front and back yards are graded downward away from the home. Rental properties with a naturally sloping yard are ideal for facilitating effective water drainage.
5. Check outside drains
Check outside drains, especially near doors, and keep them clear of debris.
6. Check your roof
People often overlook the roof as a potential water damage risk. It’s generally not until you notice water stains on the ceiling that you realise you have a problem. However, you should check your roof once a year and repair or replace any damaged or missing shingles to prevent water from seeping into property.
7. Seal windows properly
Check all windows and repair any cracks around them.
8. Ensure your sump pump is in proper working order.
Sump pumps are designed to quickly remove any water that has accumulated in the sump pit of your basement or crawlspace. If not checked for damages, a broken sump pump may be the cause of persistent dampness in your property’s basement area.
9. Check walls for cracks
Cracks in both exterior and interior walls can allow water to seep into the foundations of the property, compromising its structural integrity.
10. Check for flooding around perimeter walls and drains.
If you see any water accumulating around the exterior walls, call a professional to fix any structural problems if necessary and seal walls with waterproofing compounds.
11. Dispose of cooking fats correctly
Cooking oils will solidify when they cool off and can therefore contribute to a clogged pipe. Don’t pour fats, oils and grease down drains; instead, store them in a disposable container in the fridge and throw them in the garbage once they’ve hardened.
12. Keep your floor drains clear of obstructions.
Always check your floor drains in wet areas for build up of dust, dirt and hair. Make a habit to clean them out once a week or fortnight to reduce the risk of expensive water damage inside the home.
Taking a few moments to thoroughly inspect the structures of your home or rental properties could save you thousands of dollars and a whole lot of hassle in the long run. Make sure you’re well prepared for this wet season so you don’t get left high and dry…
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