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Be a Proactive Homeowner to Prevent Water Damage Restoration in Your Yankton, SD Home

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Owning a home is truly an American dream for many people in Yankton, SD. But the other side of homeownership is a little less glamorous—home repair bills. Over the course of a 30-year mortgage, homeowners can expect for one major home repair to be needed approximately every 3 to 5 years. While we can’t prevent every repair, by being vigilant and proactive, you can prevent water damage in your home, which will save you money on water damage restoration.

Check Gutters and Downspouts. Water pouring down the side of your home can quickly damage your home. If it happens repeatedly, water can seep into your foundation, walls, or basement. Keeping the gutters clean and repaired means less chance of them leaking during heavy rains. Downspouts should always carry the water away from the foundation of the home.

Maintain Your Sump Pump. Sump pump failure is the most common cause of basement floods. If your home has a sump pump, then it’s helping protect you from water damage restoration, but if it’s not maintained, it can’t help you. Before major storms hit, make sure it’s working properly and plugged in and consider a backup generator system to keep it operating in the event you lose power during a storm.

Install Window Well Covers. Clear acrylic window well covers can not only help protect your home from pests and invaders but they’re another layer of protection for your below ground basement. Install window well covers so they’re watertight and replace them when worn or cracked.

Replace Aging Water Heaters and Washers. The life cycle of most major appliances is 7 to 10 years. If your water heater and washing machine are near that age, consider replacing them. Not only will they be more energy efficient, but they’ll also be less likely to malfunction.

Know Your Insurance Policy. The time to find out you’re underinsured or that you don’t have flood insurance is not after a major catastrophe. Make sure you’re up to date on all your insurance and find out if flood insurance is available in your area.

If you’ve found your dream home, you want to protect it! If you have suffered from water damage in your Yankton, SD, home, we can help 24/7/365. Contact ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota at (605) 665-7080.

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