Is your stored stuff at risk? Use these water damage prevention tips!

What do you have in storage? Maybe it’s a precious family heirloom. Maybe it’s years of photos that capture memories you never want to forget. Maybe it’s another keepsake, like a wedding dress or valuable piece of art. You likely have these items in storage to safeguard them from the wear and tear of daily life. Have you thought about defending them against the unexpected, though? If you want to protect your storage areas from water damage, make sure you take these steps.

  • Check your sealant. Caulking wears down over time. Keep moisture from entering the joints of your home by re-caulking as needed. Not sure if you should get out your caulking gun? If you can fit a nickel in any gaps between your home’s walls and windows or doors, they need to be resealed.
  • Cover your vents. Your home’s vents are key for keeping air circulating and humidity down. If they’re not in good working order, you’ll run into issues. Check the functionality of your vents, and ensure they’re properly hooded to keep water out and your stored items dry.
  • Clean the area regularly. It’s tempting to only tidy up storage areas when you’re undertaking a major cleaning effort. After all, they’re not getting used regularly so they shouldn’t be getting dirty! While that’s true, it’s a good idea to regularly check and air our storage areas. Fresh air will help keep moisture at a minimum, and a light cleaning can help you spot potential issues – like a crack in your wall or a spot of moisture in the ceiling – before it grows.

If you’d like to further protect the items you have in storage, contact the professionals at Weaver & Associates Inc. Our team in Arcadia, California provides you with dedicated service and expertise when finding the best personal and business insurance for your needs.