Spring will be here soon! Good news… except for the mishaps that it can sometimes bring, such as water damage caused by melting snow. Did you know that water damage is the most common cause of residential insurance claims in Canada? Whether it is coming from the roof or a cracked foundation, it is never pleasant to end up with our feet in the water! In any event, there are preventive measures that you can take.
Prevention is better than cure
Keep in mind that a few simple actions, such as periodic maintenance of your residence, remain the most effective means of preventing infiltration. Make sure your roof, doors and windows are fully watertight. Even a small piece of missing roof sheathing can cause an infiltration. Do not neglect cracks in the foundation. Water often manages to push its way through them. If you discover a crack, have a professional repair it immediately. Also make sure that the gutters and drains are well cleared to help the outflow. It is also important that the land surrounding your home is sloped to keep rainwater away from the foundation. If this is not the case, the work will need to be done to fix this situation.
Preventing water damage is simple. All you need is a little vigilance… Some preventive measures will save you a lot of inconvenience and headaches. Remember that a loss of any kind can be challenging, and is all the more regrettable if it could have been avoided.