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Water damage and how to avoid it

Water damage poses a major threat to any property. By allowing water build up and excess moisture in your home, you risk the safety and liveability of the home you love.

Moisture attracts dangerous pests, such as cockroaches, silver fish and termites. It also breeds mould which releases toxic spores into the air which can ruin your health. Such moisture and excess water can also cause structural and aesthetic damage as well.

Given the risks associated with excess moisture, you should do all that you can to avoid this. As such, you’ll share with you our top tips to stop moisture build up in your home.

1) Keep gutters clear

Gutters are designed to control the flow of water off roofs and into an area that will not damage the house.

However, gutters can become blocked by the build-up of debris such as leaves.

A blocked gutter can’t carry water. Instead, water overflows and travels down walls.

This water can seep into your home’s electrical system, pool around your foundation and ruin the external walls of your home.

Ensure down pipes are properly fitted and in good condition as well.

Clogged cutters can cause water to roll off the roof and soak the foundations of the home, damaging it over time.

2) Divert water away from home

One of the most important things you can do to prevent water damage is to make sure water is diverted from your home.

It is ideal to have a landscape in your property that naturally directs water away from your home.

However, some people are not so fortunate. Instead, water will pool up around the home and damage the foundation.

You can help divert water by digging a trench with gently sloping slides to ensure water runoff I directed away from your home.

Water from air conditioning condensation must flow from away house too. Consider getting a catch basin or pipe installed that accomplishes this.

An example of an air conditioner without sufficient drainage.

3) Ensure good ventilation

Poor ventilation creates internal moisture issues. Without proper ventilation, moisture becomes trapped and conditions are ripe for the growth of mould.

Not only that, but air quality suffers, and excess moisture can ruin carpets and stain walls.

The best way to improve ventilation is to keep doors and windows open as much as possible. This allows fresh air to circulate through the home.

You can also make use of fans to further circulate air throughout the home.

Thermal imaging showing excess moisture, conducted during an inspection.

Contact us today

If you’re concerned that your home has been damaged by excess moisture contact Dedant today.

Our Annual Termite Inspection uses a thermal imaging camera and moisture meter to detect pests and excess moisture in your home.

If you would like a comprehensive inspection contact us on our website or call on 07 3807 0122.

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