Water damage in Michigan homes is far too common – and it’s expensive to fix, too. The average cost to repair water damage in the basement alone is about $2,700, and that’s not counting water damage to other areas of your home.
Your best bet is to protect your home as best you can. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Protect Your Home From Water Damage
The best way to protect your home from water damage is to perform routine maintenance. That includes:
- Getting regular roof inspections
- Cleaning your gutters
- Caulking and sealing your windows, tubs, drains and other fixtures
- Checking your plumbing annually
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
#1. Getting regular roof inspections
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against rain and snow, so it makes sense to take good care of it. A roof leak can quickly spiral out of control – but if you catch it in time, you can repair it before it does major damage.
#2. Cleaning your gutters
Gutters that fill up with water can be harmful to your roof, so keep them clean. (When water sits up against your house, it causes wood rot in your roofing components – and that leads to leaks.)
#3. Caulking and sealing your windows, tubs, drains and other fixtures
All your fixtures need to be sealed off with 100 percent silicon caulk. It’s waterproof and flexible, and it won’t crack.
#4. Checking your plumbing annually
Pipes can rust, crack or corrode over time, which can lead to leaks. Sometimes those leaks are catastrophic, so check your pipes annually to make sure everything’s in good repair.
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