Floods can occur in virtually any location, and come without warning. Causes of floods range from natural occurrences to manmade circumstances like leaks and overflows. Without proper preparation, the damage to your property can be devastating. Thankfully, there are methods for detecting the potential for a flood before one takes place; giving you ample time to take action and relocate to a safer place.
When flooding occurs, our first concern is the inside of our home — but what about the outside? Next time you suspect a leak, try checking these common flooding areas – watch the video.
How to inspect the outside of your home for water leaks:
1 – check your water meter. If it’s spinning all the time, that is a sign of water leak somewhere in your home.
2 – check your main shut-off valve. Usually it is in front of the house by the street. Make sure it is closing properly.
3 – walk around and check all faucets making sure there are no leaking faucets.
4 – another cause for home flooding are rain gutters, especially clogged ones. Make to sure to inspect often and clean your gutters when needed.
5 – check your sprinkler system. Look for bad irrigation and faulty sprinkler heads. Replace the heads if needed and you should be safe.
In case of flooding call ServiceMaster 24/7 at (800)303-5844 for water mitigation, water removal, basement flooding clean up, and any other water damage restoration services.