If the presence of water in the home only led to an inconvenient mop up, then things wouldn't be so bad. Unfortunately, leaks and other sources of water can cause mold, structural damage, and other costly hazards. And water damage cleanup require calling in professional services. Consider it wise to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. Here are three ways to help you achieve this outcome.\r\nHave Good Drainage\r\nIf a pipe bursts or a weather incident sends water into your home, is there any place for the water to go? Without a reliable drainage system in place, the water collects until the source of the flooding ceases. Don't count on that occurring without delay. An entire basement and the first floor of a house could be submerged in water quicker than you imagine.\r\n\r\nMost homes come with an exterior drain near the house and an interior one in the basement. Perhaps adding another drain both inside and outside could increase the thoroughness of drainage. Adding a landscape drainage system might be wise as well. Also, request routine cleaning of any pipes connected to the drains. Obstructions in the pipes won't facilitate proper drainage. A thorough cleaning may be advisable.\r\nHave a Good Roof\r\nNeglecting a roof is a bad idea. Wind and hail-related damage could lead to holes, offering entry to rainwater. Once water enters through the roof, the wood starts to rot. The condition of the roof will worsen, and even more water may enter. Fixing a damaged roof should be a top priority. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire damaged roof.\r\n\r\nPerhaps installing a metal roof would be a good plan. A lot of people have objections to metal roofs, but they have their benefits just as other roofing material has. Shingles coming loose and water pouring down through the holes would be one example of something not to worry about.\r\nCheck for Plumbing Leaks\r\nNever ignore a leak in the plumbing system. Even a small plumbing leak can cause a lot of damage. The moisture a minor leak sends into the air could cause corrosion in the other pipes. Get any discovered leak fixed right away. Unfortunately, a leak could occur in an area out of sight. So, be mindful of any signs of a leak. Low water pressure or damp walls would be two red flags. Call in a plumber to have things checked out to avoid more expensive repairs in the future.\r\n\r\nWater can bring devastation to a home. You might be shocked to see how expensive water damage restoration work is. Avoid the shock and take preventative steps instead.