The air is turning brisk and the days are getting shorter in Indianapolis, IN. Now is the time for many homeowners to begin buttoning up their outdoor yard activities in preparation for winter. ServiceMaster DSI wants to share with you 5 helpful fall home clean up tips to prevent having water damage restoration services needed in your home.
- Clean those gutters
Clogged gutters are the most likely culprits for basement leaking. How? When your gutters become full, the water overflows and accumulates near the base of the house. Over time, repeated water buildup can leak into the foundation causing water damage.
- Check and clean downspouts
What good are clean gutters if the downspouts are clogged or draining incorrectly? If your downspouts are too close to you foundation and the ground is saturated, the water runoff will flow exactly where you don’t want it to; your basement! Misdirected and missing downspouts are one of the most common reasons for water damage restoration services! The EPA has some easy to learn tips on how to redirect downspouts safely
- Check wood fascia and trim
If your home features wood trim or fascia in soffit areas or other places, put it on your fall checklist to look over the areas carefully for signs of water damage. Rotten wood lets in moisture that can seep into the walls and damage the structure of the home.
- Have your roof inspected
Snow and ice accumulation on your roof can cause ice dams, which can be a real nuisance when the inevitable winter thaws occur. The melting water can seep into walls and ceilings causing major structural damages. It’s good practice to have a professional service inspect your roof periodically for loose, broken, or missing shingles to maintain the integrity of your roof.
Remove excess shrubbery
If you have overgrown or very old vegetation that is more of an eyesore than an ornament in your yard, consider fall removal with an eye towards new plants in the spring. Not only can roots cause cracks in your foundation, they can damage sewer systems and cause water and sewage to backup into your basement.
ServiceMaster DSI in greater Indianapolis, IN hopes these tips will help prevent serious water damage in your home. If you do have water in your home we can help with water damage restoration service. Contact us at the first sign of water damage. Our trained technicians can be on site within hours with commercial grade truck-mounted equipment, and we utilize the latest technology to make repairs and restore your building quickly.