Protect your home from water damage before the next storm

Waterproofing your home is imperative ahead of winter but if you didn’t here’s what you have to know! Residential Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home can experience, costing thousands annually. Safeguard your most important asset against water damage.  A few guidelines and practical advice to follow.

Repair and protect your home’s exterior

  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage.
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs.
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof.

A leaky roof can cause a lot more water damage to your house than unsightly water stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks keep attic insulation wet, which can lead to rot and mold. It’s also important to make sure to keep your gutters clean, repair any gutter leaks, and check regularly to see that they drain properly.

Guard Your Foundation and Basement

To help keep your basement dry and prevent flooding around your home, make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation by at least 6 to 10 meters. In addition, consider having a sump pump installed in your basement to remove any groundwater that seeps inside. In flood prone areas, rising water may cause sewage to back up into your homes through the drainpipe. This not only can damage the interior of your home, but it is a health hazard as well.

Prevent basement water seepage

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you’ve never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.

A blocked stairwell drain can result in serious basement flooding

While a blocked outside drain can happen any day of the year, it occurs most commonly during fall season when leaves from garden shrubs and trees scatter all around the ground. Added to a large volume of water from Fall rainstorms, an accumulation of debris and leaves can easily cause a blocked outside drain. As a result, you have a pool of stagnate water which can become a breeding ground for insects, such as mosquitoes. A more urgent concern is that such a blockage can cause rainwater to flood your property, or your home itself.


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