Prevent Spring Water Damage DIY Inspection

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ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in Central New Jersey is your local water damage restoration expert. Use the following checklist to help prevent spring water damage in your home.



Attic & Basement:

Your attic and basement are highly susceptible to water damage. Check these areas periodically to catch water damage as soon as it starts.

  • Inspect the perimeter of your basement and attic for water stains, soft spots or holes.
  • Look for mold. If you find mold without an obvious leak or flood, you may have a moisture problem.
  • If you have a sump pump, it’s probably located in your basement. Test it to make sure it will continue to work correctly all spring long.
  • In your attic, don’t miss the underside of your roof. This is a good place to check for residual ice damage.



Your entrance areas may have already endured moisture and mud all winter long. However, you can’t quite stop worrying about tracked in rain and mud yet.

  • Keep a dry mop on hand to wipe up rainwater quickly. Moisture can discolor and warp flooring.
  • Use mats and durable throw rugs to help protect your floors.
  • Make sure boots and rain jackets have a designated place to dry without affecting the rest of your home.


Bathroom & Laundry Room:

The freezing temperatures in winter could have done some serious pipe damage. Focus your attention on the rooms that are greatly impacted by this type of damage.

  • Turn on sink and shower faucets to check for leaks.
  • Flush toilets to make sure water goes where it’s supposed to.
  • Run your washing machine to check that it’s running correctly. Don’t forget to look at the hose behind the machine. It shouldn’t be leaking or restricted in any way.



Sprinklers & Garden:

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get your sprinklers up and running.

  • Start by removing coverings and reconnecting your exterior water supply.
  • Inspect your sprinkler system. Replace damaged sprinkler heads or pipes.
  • Run your sprinklers and make sure your plants are getting watered without hitting your home or causing puddles.
  • Outdoor faucets could have also sustained some damage over the winter. Turn them on and make sure they’re functioning properly.
  • As you put out your gardening tools, consider sloping your garden if water pools near your home. It’s best when water has an escape path.



Gutters in good condition are necessary to prevent spring water damage. Your gutter system has already worked hard over the fall and winter, but spring showers are just beginning.

  • Inspect your gutters for leaks or blockages.
  • Remove twigs, mud and leaves. Any existing debris could cause an overflow.
  • Direct downspouts away from your home’s foundation and into a storm drain. A good way to do this is to extend your downspouts. You can find downspout extenders at your local home improvement store.


Windows, Doors & Roof:

Pay close attention to your windows, doors and roof over the course of spring.

  • Close all of your windows and doors. If you see any gaps, seal them with weather stripping.
  • Replace missing shingles, fill holes and other damage on your roof.


ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in Central New Jersey is available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. Contact us if you experience spring water damage.