If you don’t want to pay for Lakeland water damage repair, the solution is simple enough: do maintenance work, so the problems won’t be magnified and won’t worsen. The problem is, a lot of homeowners neglect to check the pipes, the roof shingles, and the pump, thinking these will all take care of themselves. That’s where the problem lies—the rejection of responsibility. People reject the idea that we are all responsible for the welfare of the homes and buildings we are living in. Isn’t that what Peter Parker’s uncle told him? “With great power (in this case, a house) comes great responsibility.”
Here’s what you need to do to keep the water damage contractor away from your house and to save as much money as you can:
Clean the gutters
When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? A clogged gutter would send cascades of water down the sides of your house, eventually weakening the foundation and the siding. Making sure that the gutters are clean is one step towards preventing a possible water damage because clean gutters would direct the water away from the house and into a drainage system. This leads us to the second point: your house must have a proper drainage system. Without so, you risk the possibility of flooding and of overflowing water having nowhere to go.
Ensure downspouts are 5-10 inches away
Clean gutters have no use if your downspouts are right beside your house. There’s a reason why your roof is not leveled with the actual foundation of the house (and it’s not just for aesthetic purposes or to prevent rain from getting through the windows). The reason why roofs protrude a few feet from the actual house walls and sides is because of the downspout. When water gets into the gutters, it would look for an exit point, which is usually somewhere along the back of the house. Now, the downspouts cannot be near the actual house because it could weaken the foundation of the house and would also trigger the presence of mold and mildew.
Test your sump pumps regularly
A sump pump will save your life during storms. You should make it a habit to test it regularly because you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a typhoon before realizing that your pump does not work. During heavy storm seasons, you should check your pump more. To check, here’s what you need to do: slowly fill the pump with water and wait for the float to rise (similar to how a toilet bowl works). This would turn the pump on. You should wait if the water level will fall to indicate that the pump is working well. You can test your backup pump the same way.