Tips for homeowners on how to avoid water damage prior to a torrential rainstorm.
Make sure that your gutters are free of any debris, and to ensure that they are able to drain away from the home. It is possible to purchase a flexible black pipe at the local hardware store and then attach it to your gutters down spouts to ensure that the water drains away from your home. Don’t let water accumulate around your home or in the planter boxes that surround your home, it could lead to water damage regardless of regardless of whether you have a high foundation or a slab of cement. It is usually heavy. 8.33 pounds for each gallon and a huge pool of water close to your foundation could have hundreds of gallons of water in it, possibly greater, or perhaps less. 100 gallons of water equals about 833 pounds. The weight of this water can cause high hydrostatic pressure that can push its way through the foundation, into the basement (underhouse) or concrete slab, or, even more, into the wall cavities or living space of your house. This can lead to a range of water damage issues. The key point is to take the necessary steps to prevent water from accumulating in the vicinity of your home Weather Pro Roofing.
Keep your tracks and windows free of obstructions so that they will drain correctly in the event of heavy rain. If you live in an older house, you should have your roof checked for leaks before the season of rain, by a roofing expert.
If you live in close proximity to big trees, get them examined for stability and strength by an arborist. You may also need dangerous limbs removed. This will prevent life-threatening damages to your home from limbs.
If your home has extierior stucco siding, do a quick visual inspection. If you spot cracks in the area of 1/8″ large or more that 1/8″ wide, you should have it fixed by an expert because this could impact water tightness. If your house is equipped with one of the various types of siding made from hardboard and you notice visible buckles or warping, get it checked by a siding expert since this can impact water tightness. Another siding type that is very popular can be described as “cement board”. If you find cracks on your cement board siding greater that 2″ long or one-eighth” across, you should have the board repaired using the caulk and replaced with a specialist since it could affect the water resistance.
A few more thoughts. Flood damage or water caused by rainwater can, in first sight and appearance, appear to be pure seem like clean water. If you consider the matter some thought and consider the possibility of rain water that runs across the ground or through building materials extensively could potentially accumulate toxic chemical and biological contaminants. This may result in the need for building materials that are able to absorb water such as carpets padding, insulation, and drywall, that come into contact with rainwater to be removed to avoid any the possibility of future issues with indoor air quality.
These tips will make a difference to hundreds of dollars on repair expenses and the stress that comes together with them.