How to Protect Your Vacation Home from Water Damage

03B91743As many homeowners can attest, water damage is often incredibly costly to repair. Not only do you have to repair the actual water damage, but you may also have to deal with the source of the water. Therefore, it is important to deal with leaky roofs and pipes as soon as possible to limit the amount of damage. Unfortunately, this is far easier said than done, especially when it comes to vacation homes. Here is some information about how you can protect your vacation home year-round from water damage. Visit Your Vacation Home Periodically If possible, you should attempt to visit your vacation home periodically to check for water damage or possible sources of water damage. Of course, your vacation home may be too far or you could be too busy for this to be feasible. If that's the case, have a good friend or neighborhood in the area check on your vacation home every once in a while. This person should be entrusted with a key so that he or she can check on both the interior and exterior of your home. Keep in mind there are vacation house check companies in some areas, so you may be able to take advantage of such a service. Have Cameras Installed in Your Vacation Home One smart way to prevent excessive water damage in your vacation home is having security cameras installed. The security cameras should be installed both inside and outside of your home. As long as the security cameras use smart technology, you will be able to monitor your home with an app installed on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Homeowners who are diligent about checking their vacation home with the security cameras will be able to identify major leaks immediately before the issue takes a huge turn for the worse. Maintenance is Key for Your Vacation Home Of course, maintenance is key for every single home. However, regular maintenance is especially essential for a vacation home, because you aren't there to identify an issue immediately and call a repair man. Prevention is one of the best ways to protect your second home from major water damage. The two major causes of water damage are a leaking roof and bad plumbing. Therefore, every year, you should have maintenance done for your plumbing and your roof. That way, any small issues will be dealt with immediately before they escalate into big issues. Ideally, you should call a technician for the maintenance of your vacation home at least twice a year. It is especially important to have maintenance done for your roof prior to rainy seasons, which is usually summer in most areas. Extreme water damage can easily cost you a fortune to repair. Therefore, it is vital that you protect your vacation home from water damage. Fortunately, as you can see, there are quite a few ways to do so. For more information about how to protect your second home from costly water damage, don't hesitate to contact us.
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