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Preventing Home Water Damage

preventing water damage in MichiganPeople love to be around water during the summer.  However, you do not want to be around pools of water in your home.  Water in your home can damage hardwood floors, wood support beams, drywall, and all personal belongings you may store in your basement. 

The best way to prevent water damage from rainwater or melted snow is to ensure the basement or foundation of your home is properly constructed and maintained. A common place where water will leak into your basement are near windows that are not properly sealed, and wall cracks that form over time.  A good way to tell if you have a leak is to check if the paint on the walls starting to peel or discolor.  

If your basement does flood, you can minimize the damage by addressing the problem quickly and thoroughly. If water is flowing into the home from burst piping or damaged appliances, shut off the water supply, which is typically found outside the house or at the meter. Immediately remove all valuables, and consult with a professional basement waterproofing contractor who can determine the extent of the repairs needed to your damaged foundation.  

Water damage left unattended can result in structural failure to your home and even worse, mold growth.  Water that soaks into wood, drywall, or wet carpeting will produce mold.  If your family is exposed to mold for even a short period of time there can be serious health issues involved.  

If you notice your basement leaking water, or puddles of water in your home, take action quickly and protect your family and your wallet.

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