Leaks Don’t Get Better

It’s #WaterWednesday!

So you had a small leak in your home. A little bit of water came in but it stopped and you easily cleaned it up.

No big deal right? wrong-003

Unfortunately, no matter what amount of water entered your home, even just a little, can be or lead to be a very serious problem. There could be extensive structural damages hidden behind walls, in the ceiling, or in your floors. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

The first step you need to take is to figure out how water got into your home. Once you know this, you can take proper precautions to make sure it doesn’t happen again as well as prevent any additional leaks. The top calls we receive especially in the winter are pipe burst claims. Honestly, it’s one of the easiest to prevent. When it comes to pipes here’s what you need to do:

  1. Wrap pipes with heat and insulation tape
  2. Seal air leaks. Keep frigid air out of areas where water pipes run by adding insulation and sealing air leaks in the wall and ceiling.
  3. Keep pipes warm. Don’t set your thermostat below 60 degrees.

Here are some additional leak proofing measures:

Address even the smallest cracks- Seal large cracks and gaps with caulk

Seal windows and doors with weatherstripping. This will ensure you keep any weather out!

Direct runoff away from your home. Dip a trench or slope your top soil.

Clean your gutters.

If you’ve incurred water damage, even just a small leak, call the professionals at Rainbow. We can come out and take a look at your property. We’ll be able to tell if there’s any trapped moisture, mold/potential for mold, and give you our professional opinion on what your next steps should be.

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