After the dust has settled and your water damage restoration is done, probably one of the first things on your mind is how you can avoid being in the same situation again. Not only is there the obvious expense of paying for the restoration (unless you have insurance that covers it), but there may also be the quieter toll of seeing your property and valuables potentially damaged or destroyed.
The silver lining here is that there are a variety of different steps you can take to reduce the risk of this happening again.
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Protect your valuables
Most of the time, irreplaceable items like family photos or other valuables are lost to flooding or water damage because of a lack of knowledge that water could even get to them. This is why it’s important to take the time now to make sure they are as safe as possible. Make sure that you invest in a waterproof container for these documents, and try to keep them on a higher level of your home.
Know the different sources of water damage
Situations that cause water damage can be avoided if the property owner takes the time to take yearly inspections of their property. For example, roof leaks can commonly be caused by gutters getting clogged or damage to the roof. Checking these areas minimizes the risk of large leaks developing, which can lead to water damage.
Invest in a sump pump
For people who live in areas like South Florida where flooding is a risk, it’s not a bad idea to consider buying a sump pump for the basement. While this may not completely negate the effects of water damage, it is a way to mitigate it, which could lead to less costly restoration next time.
Have a flood response plan
People who live in flood zones should take the time to come up with a plan in case they are in the path of the rising waters. For smaller floods, this should include a plan to protect any valuables and wait out the storm safely (shutting off electricity, keeping food where it can’t be contaminated, etc.). For more serious occasions, an evacuation plan and checklist is also worth coming up with.
Set up a sloped yard, if possible
In some cases, creative landscaping can cut down the risk of water damage. For example, by setting up a yard that slopes downward and away from your home, you lessen the risk of excess moisture seeping into your home’s foundation during periods of heavy rain.
One essential step that everyone needs in order to prevent water damage from reoccurring is education. While professionals are needed to restore water damage, much of what we’ve been talking about are best practices you can implement yourself. After paying for water damage restoration, it’s often common for the contractors you work with to provide a brief consultation about what the root cause of your problem was in the first place.
However, not all water damage restoration companies offer this service, so you want to make sure you work with the best. is a water damage restoration company that not only believes in doing the most for our customers in the Miami area, but we’re also IICRC-certified. This means that we have the skills and experience to help you take care of all key aspects of water damage restoration, bringing your home or property back to its regular functionality and appearance.