When It Rains, It Pours and Sometimes It Stays

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Water damage repair can be costly if not caught early.

If you’ve been feeling a bit soggy lately, you’re in good company. With all the rain in April—and more forecasted for May—some of us have experienced far too much water. Some of that water might have invaded the inside of your home.

Start at the Top

If your ceiling is dripping, the first place to look is the attic. The best time to find a leak is when it is raining. Grab a flashlight and look for dark spots on the rafters or dark, moldy spots on the flooring. Take gloves because you might have to look through insulation. Ask a friend to help you with the next part. He will go on the roof and you will stay in the attic. Tap on the spot and have your friend identify it on the roof. Repair as needed.

If your house doesn’t have an attic, head to the roof. Missing or damaged shingles could be the cause, but for a more thorough investigation, call a professional roofer. Most can help you identify the troubled area within minutes. However, some leaks might be more difficult to find. A professional will be your best source.

Look at the Sides

Now that you’ve fixed leaks from the top, let’s look at leaks that show up on the sides of your home. For every level above ground, inspect your windows and siding. Look inside and outside. The problem might be as simple as too much humidity and you won’t find leaks. However, if you have leaks, take care of them now. Call in a professional to help.

Finish in the Basement

If you have a basement and you notice water stains or leaks on the walls, check for the following.

  • white, powdery substance. Known as efflorescence, this is a loose mineral salt commonly found on basement walls in humid environments.
  • chipping, flaking materials on the walls
  • dark stains or patches on drywall
  • reddish stains on walls

At its worst, any of these can lead to higher utility bills, musty smells, mold, dust mites, rot and damage.

Pump it Out

One of the most practical ways to recover from water damage is to have a functional sump pump. This handy device is used to remove water that has accumulated in a water-collecting sump basin, commonly found in basements.

Types of sump pumps

Primary

primary sump pump
They are the standard found in most homes.
Submersible – put under water in your sump pump basin
Pedestal – positioned with the pump motor out of water, above the basin

Battery Backup

battery backup sump pump
These backup types give you the assurance in a power outage that your basement won’t turn into a pool. Some models give you the option of texting or emailing you in the event of failure.

Combination

combo sump pump
As the name implies, it has a dual energy source. When the power goes out, it will switch to the battery to keep it running. It will also kick on if the primary pump can’t keep up with the incoming water.

Sewage

sewage sump pump
Although not used for water, these pumps are designed to get rid of sewage from a home to its septic system. Once installed, they run automatically.

The best way to prevent unwanted water to hang out in your home is to stop it when it happens. If that doesn’t happen, repair the issue as soon as possible. During an extra rainy time period, check these problem areas to ensure your repairs are still working.

“Are You Thinking About Selling?”

If you’re thinking about selling your home, contact one of our trusted listing agents. We can help you identify any improvements or repairs to make so that you can get the best price possible. Call us at 316-684-0000.

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