Summer brings warmer weather and outdoor activities, but it can also bring potential water damage to residential properties. To protect their property, homeowners should become familiar with the common causes of water damage during the summer.

Heavy Rain and Storms

One of the primary causes of water damage in the summer is heavy rain and storms. Intense rainfall can overwhelm drainage systems, leading to water seepage into basements and lower levels of homes. Regularly inspecting your roof for leaks or damage can prevent water from entering your living spaces during storms. 

Test the Grade Around Your Home

Take a board at least ten feet long and around four inches wide and lay it outward, beginning at the base of your home. If there is space under the board end against the house, that is the amount of fill dirt needed to grade the area properly to direct water away from the home.

Burst Pipes and Plumbing Issues

During the summer, increased water usage for gardening, filling pools, and using sprinklers can stress your plumbing system. To prevent this, regularly check your plumbing for signs of wear and tear. 

Air Conditioner Leaks

Air conditioners are an essential convenience for staying cool during the summer, but they can also be a source of water damage. The condensation from air conditioning units can accumulate and cause water to leak into your home. To avoid this, ensure your air conditioner is serviced regularly and the drainage lines are clear and functioning correctly. 

Pool and Hot Tub Overflow

Pools and hot tubs are popular during the summer, but they can also be sources of water damage if not properly managed. Overfilling or leaks can lead to water seeping into the ground and potentially damaging your home's foundation. 

Preventative Measures

Homeowners taking proactive steps can significantly reduce the risk of water damage during the summer. Regular maintenance of your home's plumbing, roof, gutters, and air conditioning units can prevent many issues before they start. 

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Use these tips to protect your home and enjoy the summer without worry. If you experience water damage, contact Lightspeed Restoration at 800.620.4009 for 24/7 professional restoration, which can address the water cleanup issue quickly and effectively.

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