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Keep Disaster at Bay by Preventing Water Damage

Plumber Working on a Water Heater in a Snellville RentalOne of the top problems that Snellville rental property owners deal with is water damage. Even a comparatively small amount of water can come out to be a hurtful, damaging force, creeping into ceiling joists, walls, floors, and even weakening a building’s very foundation. Just an inch or two of water on the floor can result in tens of thousands of dollars in necessary repairs. Despite that it may not be viable to keep away from every single water-related emergency, there is a great deal you can do as the property owner to prevent water damage and the highly-priced repairs that are the results of it. Follow the suggestions below to keep your Snellville investment property safe from preventable floods and leaks.

Prepare for Severe Weather

Water damage caused by severe weather incidents is a common nuisance, particularly where storms are just a part of life. Strong wind and heavy rain can both set off water damage, and if your property is located in a flood-prone area, flash flooding can, once in a while, be a dangerous risk.

To prevent water damage, it’s relevant to get your rental property ready and able to withstand severe weather. For instance, be sure to inspect your roof every year and seal any cracks or gaps you find. Replace missing shingles if necessary, and guarantee that your flashing, gutters, and downspouts are in excellent condition and appropriately installed. In the event that periods of heavy rain are expected, undertake measures to improve the drainage around your property’s foundation to help water flow away from the walls. If your property is in a flood zone, consider having sandbags or sandbagging supplies on hand or nearby to help maintain and protect your property. Even at the moment of unexpected weather events, a few preparations can help keep your property safe and dry.

Clean the Gutters

Another prevalent cause of water damage is clogged or incorrectly installed gutters. Your rental property’s gutter system is designed to draw water away from the structure. But if, on the other hand, your gutters are full of leaves, twigs, and other debris, that water will overflow down the side of the house instead. This can cause all types of troubles, from leaking ceilings, wood rot, damaged drywall, and ruined flooring. If ignored long enough, leaking gutters can even erode a cement foundation and wreak havoc on your landscaping.

The hassle-free fix here is to clean your rental property’s gutters at least twice a year. Debris should be cleared out, and the gutter system checked for leaks and pooling water. Cleaning and carrying out small repairs on a gutter system will not only prevent water damage but on top of that will save you money on repairs in the long run.

Inspect Your Plumbing (and Water Heater)

Water damage can, as well, take place inside your rental property due to plumbing issues. Leaking pipes, broken faucets, worn-out washing machine hoses, and old water heaters are common possible water damage causes. Even something as small as a slow or blocked drain can set off great water damage and require highly-priced emergency repairs.

To prevent water damage inside your rental home, have your general plumbing system inspected at least once every year. A professional plumber will easily determine developing problems that you can settle swiftly during an inspection. By correcting plumbing problems, while they are still small, you can prevent water disasters and save plenty of money on repairs. It’s similarly significant to stay informed of your water heater’s age and condition and have it serviced regularly and replaced before it fails. A failing water heater can flood a basement or garage, adding the cost of clean-up and repairs to the cost of replacing the unit itself. By replacing it before it fails, you can better manage your cash flows and avoid useless expenses.

 

Preventing water damage can be stressful and exacts both time and good management. Contrary to doing it all yourself, seriously think about working with one of our professional Snellville property managers to take care of your preventive maintenance and inspections. To learn more, contact us online.

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