Given the recent cold weather, it seems that sadly winter is right on our doorstep. And with the colder months comes the concern of extreme rainfall, and the resulting water damage in Melbourne. A particular problem, especially for older homes, is the water seeping into various room interiors after pooling on the roof and in the attic. This resulting water can adversely damage not only your carpet or flooring but also your curtains, walls and the roof itself.
Jena’s Carpet Cleaning are the experts when it comes to effective water damage restoration Melbourne wide, and we have come up with a few tips to protect your home interior as much as possible from heavy rainfall. Should you need us, don’t worry, we’re only a phone call away. You can contact us anytime on 1300 887 131, we promise to provide you with the best and most affordable service for flood restoration in Melbourne.
Maintaining your Roof Spouts
A common problem with water pooling in the roof is blocked spouts. Your spouts, or gutters, are the only way for water to be channeled off the roof, minimising the pooling effect. Things that can block up your roof spouts are dirt, leaves and fallen branches. It is important to ensure that your spouts are unblocked at all times. You can also buy a protective sieve for your gutters that will keep out leaves and branches, and only allow water to pass through.
Sealing your Skirting Boards
Skirting boards, apart from providing great visuals for your interior room design, offer protection for the vulnerable gap of the join between your wall and ceiling or floor. Even if water pooling has occurred, completely sealed skirting boards can either stop or minimise water seeping into the room. Most of the water that can damage your upholstery or carpet comes from loose skirting boards, as it seeps down the wall and underneath your carpet seams.
Protecting Against Burst Rainwater Pipes
With the increase in rainwater storage tanks across Victoria, a recent problem has been poor work done in connecting the pipes that link up your spouts to the tank. During heavy rainfall, the pressure and sheer volume of water passing through the pipe can lead it to come apart or burst, and often the roof shingles cannot cope with this much water. Make sure that your PVC pipes are effectively joined together with water resistant sealant.
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