Water damage is one of the most common — and expensive — types of damage your home can experience. While some disasters are out of our control, there are some things you can do to protect and safeguard your home. In today’s blog, our water damage restoration experts here at Broadshield Restoration are sharing a few tips that you can use to protect your home from water damage.

Along with following these tips, we highly suggest investing in disaster insurance. If you do end up experiencing damage to your property, Broadshield Restoration will help you through the insurance process as well as complete the construction necessary to bring your home back to how it was before the storm — or better! Continue reading to learn more about water damage prevention and if you’re in need of restoration services, get in touch with us today in Boerne!

Reseal Your Basement

Water damage in your basement is often caused by cracks in the foundation or floor and if you notice water seepage during storms, it may mean that your cement has deteriorated. You can prevent water damage by painting problem areas with water sealant.

Drain Groundwater Away From building

Poor drainage is one of the biggest causes of water damage. If groundwater isn’t routed around your foundation, it can slowly leak into your basement and over time you’ll have structural damage, mold growth, and other water damage. Water damage restoration to foundations is a tricky and labor-intensive process, and you should try to prevent this by making sure that rainwater flows away from the building. Inspect your gutters and rain spouts to prevent seepage.

Inspect Showers and Tubs

Part of protecting your home from water damage is performing regular inspection of your plumbing, including inspecting showers and tubs. Like anything in your home, the materials keeping your tub watertight will degrade overtime. Check the seal and caulking to make sure they’re in good condition, and if they’re not, be sure to reseal in order to prevent leaks.

Install an emergency pressure release valve

Installing a pressure release valve will protect against any increased pressure in your pipes, helping to prevent a broken pipe and the water damage that it causes.

Know where the main water shut-off is

If a pipe bursts, it’s important to know where your water shut-off is so that you can act quickly to protect against more extensive damage. Knowing where your shut-off is will allow you to respond to a stressful situation and ultimately save you money during the water damage restoration process. In general, it’s important to know where all of your shut off valves are. In case of a disaster, you’ll want to shut off things like electricity, gas, and water as soon as possible.

Check irrigation system

If you have sprinklers or another type of irrigation system in your Boerne yard, it’s important to check that they aren’t causing water damage while keeping your plants happy. Be sure to turn off hoses when you’re not using them and check to see if water is pooling in areas near your home. You don’t want your landscaping goals to cause water damage to the walls and foundations of your home!

Seal windows

Your windows are one of the most vulnerable parts of your house, and it’s important to make sure that they are caulked and sealed to prevent water seepage. During a storm, rain and hail can blow directly into your windows and that moisture will cause water damage to the window frame and the walls around it. If your windows are very poorly sealed, you may also experience water damage to floors and any belongings near the windows. You should also check to see if your windows are well insulated, because moisture can build up on the inside of the windows as well, leading to water damage and mold growth. 

Protect your belongings

Even if you follow all of the tips above and take great care with your home, water damage can still occur. Natural disasters happen. A tornado could rip through Boerne or a massive hail storm could cause extensive damage. You may even end up suffering from a house fire. There is so much outside of our control, and it helps to do what we can to protect our belongings as best as we can.

Here at Broadshield Restoration, we suggest storing bulk belongings or things like seasonal decorations in waterproof bins and off of basement floors. If you have sewage backup or a flood, the basement floor is the first place that water will accumulate. If you have valuables or important paper, do not store them in the basement or another place that is at risk of water damage. 

BroadShield Restoration Services

When it comes to water damage, our Boerne-based professionals have seen it all! And we love sharing our water damage restoration expertise with you so that you can help protect your home. If you do end up having water damage your home, know that Broadshield Restoration is here for you. There is no job too big or too small for us to handle. 

When you hire Broadshield Restoration, you can trust that we’ll provide you with the highest-quality services at an affordable price. Plus, along with being construction experts, we also help you through the disaster insurance process. And not only do we offer water damage restoration services, we also restore damage caused by fire, wind, tornado, hail, and sewer. Contact us today if you are in need of our services, and keep our number close when disaster strikes.