Water damage can be detrimental to your home or commercial property. When left unchecked, water damage will result in thousands of dollars in damage and potential health issues. Most homeowners insurance covers water damage, but not always, depending on the source of the water damage. The most effective way to avoid the costly impact of water damage and flood restoration is investing in preventative maintenance. Each season brings a different set of water damage and flooding concerns, so it’s important to conduct maintenance on your property often.

Spring Prevention 

Spring typically brings rain storms and snow melt off, resulting in high flood risks and water damage. During the early spring months, we suggest having a restoration company come out and conduct an inspection of your roof, testing it for leaks or damage. Winter weather can often cause damage to your roof, resulting in a high likelihood of water damage. Spring is a good time to conduct roof maintenance to ensure spring showers don’t find their way indoors. This is also the ideal time to clear out your rain gutters to prevent them from backing up and bursting or flooding your home from the roof down.

Summertime Projects

The warmer, dry weather during the summertime is the perfect time to conduct flood prevention maintenance that requires a longer process. If you experienced water damage during the winter and spring, now is the time to do some flood restoration and reinforcement. Summer is a great time to reseal your basement or garage. While doing a reseal, you should also ensure you have an emergency drainage system in place in the event your sealing fails. 

Summer is also a good time to conduct any outdoor projects to ensure you don’t run into weather delays and that your drainage system and landscaping is in working order for the fall and winter months. Make sure that any water drains away from your property, not towards it. As for the landscaping, you should have a company come out and trim any trees that are close to your building to ensure they don’t drop foliage and clog drains or cause damage.

Fall Maintenance

Before the weather gets cold and the bigger storms begin to roll through, you should make sure your plumbing systems are working properly, including the plumbing within the walls and ceiling. Common, yet unexpected sources of water damage include water heaters, dishwashers, laundry machines, and refrigerators. These appliances often have a constant flow of water to them and are prone to getting backed up or damaged, resulting in water damage that may be hidden behind the bulky structure of it.

In the bathroom, be sure to inspect your toilet, showers/tubs, and sinks. Tubs and sinks can often get cracks in their surface that may not be visible to the naked eye yet let gallons of water seep into the foundation of your home. Toilet pipes can often burst, resulting in the need for flood restoration that manages sewage contamination.

Winter Work to Get Done

While California has milder winters compared to other regions, the state still sees precipitation, snow, and other winter storms. It’s harder to plan flood restoration work in the winter, but you can still conduct maintenance to prevent water damage. Aim to complete indoor work during the winter months, and when in doubt – hire a professional. Ideally, you will have conducted the majority of your water damage prevention projects in the spring, summer, and fall seasons so the winter will be the time for that work to shine.

When All Else Fails – Call S&S Restoration

Prevention only goes so far, some water damage is inevitable and can’t be predicted. S&S Restoration is available 24/7 so that when disaster strikes, you can rest assured knowing your home or commercial building is going to be restored to better condition than before. Flood restoration is tricky, don’t DIY it and have to redo the work, get it done right the first time.

About S&S Restoration

S&S Restoration is a Temecula, California restoration company that specializes in both residential and commercial buildings affected by fire, flooding, mold, and storms. We proudly serve the Inland Empire, San Diego, High Desert, and San Bernardino County areas. Give us a call at (800) 608-8447 or visit our website at ssrestorationinc.com, we’re available 24/7 for emergency response to guarantee the best outcomes.  

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