Water damage is the biggest culprit behind a weakened foundation in your Broken Arrow home. Oklahoma homes that have extensive water damage can find that the very core of their home has become compromised. You know about core strength for your body? When water damage penetrates the core strength of your home, you are left with serious structural damage. Damp wood is attractive to wood-eating carpenter ants and termites, and creates an environment highly suitable for mold and mildew growth.
To prevent water damage from occurring in your home, consider the following key steps:
Ensure good drainage. Water that doesn't properly drain will settle in undesirable locations, causing cracks, weakening your foundation, and creating liquid pathways into your home. Ensure water properly drains by:
Regularly cleaning gutters.
Be sure downspouts direct water at least 5-10 feet away from your home.
Your yard should be sloped a minimum of 6 inches over a 10-foot span from your home. This natural sloping prevents water from seeping next to your foundation.
Regularly test your sump pump. This is especially important in late spring and early summer, when afternoon heat build-up creates the conditions prime for heavy thunderstorms. It's important to have a correctly working sump pump when those storms bring about heavy rainfall in order to prevent water damage to your home. To test your sump pump:
Fill your sump pump pit slowly with water. The "float" should begin to rise and automatically turn on the pump. The water left should begin to fall.
Unplug your main pump and check the backup unit.
Check for water leaks and repair as needed. Persistent and unresolved leaks lead to foundation rot, mold and mildew, and wood-loving pests like termites and carpenter ants. The quicker you fix a leak, the lower your risk for long-term damage. Check for leaks by:
To learn more about how to prevent water damage, contact Broken Arrow and surrounding Oklahoma Broken Arrow HVAC experts at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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