Reasons You Might Need Water Damage Restoration During Spring

Spring is the wettest season here in Northport with approximately 5.4 inches of rain received over the month. For an area that is drier than most places in Alabama, the excess moisture we receive in the spring can create its own March Madness for our homes in terms of water damage. Here are some of the reasons you might be needing water damage restoration for your home during this season:

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  1. Rainfall: Spring often brings rain showers, which can overwhelm drainage systems and cause leaking in roofs, flooding to basements, and excess moisture to build up in low-lying areas, all of which will require water damage restoration. 
  2. Leaking Roof: Spring storms, high winds, condensation from humidity, and mold growth all threaten the roof’s integrity. Exposed to the elements 24/7, the roof can be a common place for damage to occur, which can lead to leaks when spring rain hits. Have your roof inspected and cleaned at least once a year to increase its lifespan and keep it water-tight so you do not need water damage restoration because of a leaky roof.
  3. Blocked Gutters and Downspouts: Debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt can accumulate in your gutters and downspouts, which are the primary draining system from your roof, and cause water to overflow. This can result in water damage to not only your roof, but also your siding and your foundation. 
  4. Foundation Leaks: Over-saturated ground around your foundation can put extra pressure on the foundation, worsening existing cracks, creating new ones, or making weakened areas even more vulnerable to water infiltration. Any time water enters your home through the foundation, you will need to call for water damage restoration help.
  5. Sump Pump Failure: If spring storms or other incidents cause a power outage in your home, or if there is a mechanical issue, the sump pump in your basement may quit working. This could allow excess ground-level water to flood into the basement, creating the need for water damage restoration.
  6. Poor Drainage: Inadequate soil grading around the foundation of your home can cause water to pool around the house, increasing the risk of leaks, seepage, and water damage. The grading around your home should slope enough to facilitate water runoff down and away from exterior walls and the foundation.
  7. Condensation: Fluctuating temperatures and high humidity levels in the spring can lead to condensation buildup on windows, walls, and ceilings . Over time, this moisture can potentially cause mold growth and water damage, including deterioration of building materials, if not properly ventilated and treated. 

Regular home maintenance, including inspecting and repairing vulnerable areas, can help prevent water damage during the spring months. When water damage does happen in your home, it is important to call for water damage restoration as soon as possible so the damage does not get any worse. Restoration 1 of Tuscaloosa is ready to help you respond to water damage and provide top-notch water damage restoration during this spring season and any time of the year.