Rain can cause surprisingly severe damage to your home. If you utilize the proper preventative measures, however, you can keep the rain at bay (at least from the vulnerable parts of your house!) Here are a few of those most effective measures that will help stop rain from damaging your property.
Seal Your Windows and Door
Start by sealing your windows and doorways so that rain can’t leak through open crevices. Even these small cracks can let in enough water to warp wooden framing and flooring. The process of sealing is actually very simple! Just remove the old sealant with a putty knife, make sure the area is dry, and then apply caulk sealant around the window or doorway. That caulk needs at least 24 hours to dry before it can function as needed.
Protect Your Exterior
The exterior of your home needs some attention too! As the part of your home that receives the most direct impact from rain, this is where you should invest the most attention and effort. The roof and walls of your home should be sealed with water repellent to ensure a long lifespan of the roofing material. Your exterior walls – especially stucco, wood, aluminum or shingles – should be painted to add a sort of protective coating from rain. Finally, don’t forget about your driveways and façade area! Although these are made with sturdy material like cement, they can still be worn down over time by frequent rainfall. Sealcoating your asphalt can prevent moisture damage to your driveway.
Routine Cleaning and Maintenance
Most importantly, make routine evaluations of your home’s exterior to check for weak, vulnerable or damaged spots. Your roof should be checked for broken or missing shingles, to ensure that water is not being absorbed and subsequently leaking into your home. Clean out your gutters so that rain won’t collect on the rooftops or leak down exterior walls. Also, make sure that your gutters are not damaged or leaking themselves, and that they are pointed away from your home so that water does not soak into your foundation where it can cause water damage beneath! Inspecting your roof and walls just once a year before the rainy season begins can help prevent a lot of potential water damage by keeping things water-proof!
With these simple tasks, you can prevent costly and frustrating water damage from happening to your home. Be diligent with your evaluations, and feel confident in the safety of your home from the rain!
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