3 Ways to Prevent Rainwater Damage to Your Home
Updated: Dec 20, 2020
When it comes to protecting your home, water is the main culprit to look out for. It can cause your foundation to settle and crack, exterior damage & wood rot, and, if it makes its way into your home, significant damage to the interior. Here are 3 primary ways to prevent rainwater damage to your home.
Ensure proper roof & gutter drainage
Since water always makes its way down, you may want to consider starting with the top of your home and ensure proper water flow down to the ground. A common cause of water damage to a home is clogged or improperly sloped gutters. If rain water doesn't freely flow down to the ground, it can cause roof, siding, trim, and framing damage, or the excess water will fall near the home causing the foundation to crack and settle.
Install yard drainage
Once the water makes its way to the ground, where is it flowing from there? This will depend on the landscape of your property, but whatever it may be, it is vital that the rainwater is directed away from your home. In some cases, a simple downspout will do the job. For others, additional yard drainage is needed, such as a french drain (photo below), to divert water off of the property. As mentioned above, water settling near your home is detrimental to the foundation and structure of your home. Whichever method you use, you must ensure proper water drainage away from your home. Additionally, drainage systems help maintain a healthy & vibrant lawn by preventing pooling in your yard.
Address rotting and damaged exterior
This includes siding, chimney, roof, soffit, fascia, windows, doors, trims, etc. Don't wait until you see interior damage to address an exterior issue. By then, water will have effected framing, insulation, drywall, and even flooring, with the possibility of toxic mold behind the surface. Needless to say, addressing exterior wood rot and damage early can prevent significant water damage to the structure and interior of your home. Consider doing a walkthrough around your home to make sure everything is intact, or hire a professional to inspect and provide a free quote for repairs. You'll be glad you did.
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