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Don’t let water ruin your biggest Investment!

Climate change is here… whatever the politics behind it, the reality is, it’s raining harder and longer in Atlanta. Your home is your biggest investment and water, if not handled properly, can ruin your home in the long run. Here are some tips that are not costly but really make a difference in protecting your home. Do these small steps now!

We discover the essential ways involved in the home buying process, including selecting the right location, budgeting, making offers, completing the necessary paperwork, and finding the perfect property.

  • Get your gutters cleaned so water goes into the gutters and not over the side of your home. Watch out for water puddling near the foundation of your home. Stagnate water will seep into your basement over time.
  • Remove any tree branches that are leaning against your house or brushing your roof. Heavy winds and rain can cause these branches to break and damage the siding and roof. Even a small tear can end up with water leaking into the structure of your home.
  • Check the downspouts and add extensions from Lowes or Home Depot (it costs under $10). This will divert the water away from your home’s foundation.
  • Look at your yard for signs of erosion, adding a French drain or sodding your yard might help in controlling it and improve your home’s curb appeal.
  • If you have a basement, make sure to run a dehumidifier so the air does not get too humid. A 70-pint dehumidifier will work well for a 1,500 square foot basement (you can get a good one for under $300).
  • Check under your kitchen sink periodically for leaks, if you find a leak fix it promptly. The longer you wait, the more the damage. Also don’t throw grease (used cooking oil) in your sink, empty it into a used container and throw it in trash.

		

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