Posted on: 24 October 2018
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home, especially when it is not ready for wet weather or in good repair. With the upcoming winter weather on its way, now is a good time to inspect some areas of your home's interior and exterior to make sure they are all water-tight and sufficient to protect your home from potential water leaks. Here are some recommendations you can do to your home and yard to keep your home protected from winter's wet weather.
Waterproof Your Interior Space
When your basement or crawlspace becomes damp from exterior moisture intrusion, it can make the space musty and smell of mold and mildew. In addition to an unpleasant environment, moisture intrusion can damage your basement and crawlspace interior and any contents it is storing. You can waterproof your basement and crawlspace by using one of several different methods.
One option is to waterproof your basement crawlspace with an encapsulation method. This seals the interior with a thick plastic sheeting against any moisture intrusion. This process also links your basement crawlspace to your home's HVAC circulation, which keeps the crawlspace air the same temperature and environment as your home to further keep it protected and free of mold growth.
You can also install a French drain or drain tiles around your basement crawlspace floor to collect interior moisture intrusion. Then, with the use of a sump pump, you can collect and pump the water in the drain pipe outside your home through the sump pump, as needed. Talk to a business like Central Penn Waterproofing for more help.
Maintain Your Roof
Your roof is an important barrier of protection from the elements, and keeping it well-maintained in its shingles, roofing underlayer, decking, and flashing are all essential to its protection. It is recommended to inspect your roof regularly from the ground and on the roof for an up-close inspection. Look for any signs of shingle and flashing damage. You can also look for an signs of moisture in your attic space.
The key to preventing roof moisture damage is by keeping an eye on your roof to repair problems before they cause any interior damage. If you have a bundle of extra shingles in your storage, you can replace broken and missing shingles immediately after the storm that causes their damage and prevent interior damage. You can also talk to a professional roofer about repairing any roof damage and interior moisture problems related to the damage.
Adjust Your Landscaping
Keep your yard and landscaping immediately around your home maintained with good drainage. Make sure the soil slopes away from your foundation and not toward the foundation. Improper slope can let rainwater seep toward your basement foundation and get into your home's interior. You can supplement your foundation soil by adding additional soil to create the appropriate slope away from your home.Share