If you have recently purchased your first home and you aren't all that familiar with proper home maintenance, then you should read the information in this article. It will help to educate you on preventing water damage in your home; something that can cost you a lot of money in home repairs and can lead to the development of mold which can pose a serious risk to the health of everyone in your household.

Keep your roof in good shape

The first area of concern you should have when it comes to preventing water damage to your home is to make sure that you keep your roof in good shape. A leak can sneak up on you and if it isn't caught in time then it can quickly become a large leak that can do a lot of damage to your home when the next rain comes.

Take a look at your roof every now and again to make sure there aren't any missing shingles or tiles, or ones that are in need of repair. You should also inspect the flashing on the roof to make sure it is in good shape. The flashing is the metal material around the bends of your vents, pipes and chimney. Its location and shape can make it susceptible to cracking and leaking.

Check for leaks

One of the easiest ways for you to check for leaks is to go into each room of the house and look for any amount of staining on the ceiling. Of course, you do also need to make sure the stains aren't from previous leaks that have already been fixed.

If you know you have a leak but aren't sure exactly where it's coming from on the roof, you can find the location by having someone go on to the roof and get it wet one section at a time. While they are wetting it, you want to be in the house under them. Using walkie talkies is a great way to make sure the two of you are moving together. If you see a leak while they are wetting an area, alert them and have them mark that spot on the roof so it can be found again to repair it.

Keep your plumbing in good shape

Keep an eye on your plumbing by periodically checking underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure you don't have any leaks. If you do, then you want to have the repaired as soon as you can get a plumber out. Put a bucket under the pipe until then for small leaks, or shut the water off for more serious ones.

Before winter comes, prepare your plumbing so you don't have to worry about frozen pipes bursting, which can cause a lot of water damage to your home. Disconnect your outdoor hoses, turn the water and power off to your sprinklers and call out a plumber to insulate your pipes, if they aren't already insulated. Turn your faucets on a little bit so water will continuously go through the pipes, preventing them from becoming frozen.

The advice you have been offered here is going to help you to prevent something from happening that will lead to the need for water damage restoration in your home. 

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