If you were to ask any homeowner about what their top 5 concerns regarding their home was, chances are they will mention water damage. When water penetrates into your home, the potential for severe damage is extremely high and the impacts of the water damage on your home, your belongings, your health, and your bank account can be quite extensive.
When it comes to water damage, spending time and effort on preventative measures is a budget-friendly way to deal with it. Not to mention, prevention also saves you the stress and headache associated with dealing with extensive water damage.
Here are 5 ways you can prevent water from entering your home.
Ensure Proper Grading of Your Yard
Proper grading ensures that water naturally flows away from the exterior foundation of your home. This process can play a crucial role in preventing basement leaks, as water will not be able to pool around your foundation. When it comes to drawing water away from home utilizing your yard’s grading, you should have at least a 3” difference between the highest point of your yard (closest to your home) and the lowest point (where the water is being directed).
Repair Any Cracks in Your Foundation
It is not uncommon for cracks to form in a home’s foundation. These cracks usually form around window wells and close to where two foundation walls are joined but can occur in any part of a foundation. These cracks will eventually allow water to come into your home, it may start off as a small amount, but the volume will increase over time. You should be proactive by inspecting your home for any foundation cracks and have them fixed sooner than later. To fix the issue, a professional will fill these cracks with an epoxy paste or hydraulic cement.
Keep Downpipes and Eavestroughs Clear
Eavestroughs and downpipes are designed to collect and direct water from rain and melting snow away from your home. However, they can only work when they are clear of dirt and debris. If they are clogged, water will not be able to flow freely as intended and will eventually pool and overflow. This overflowing water will run down the walls of your home and once again pool at the base of your home, where there is a high likelihood of seeping in through your foundation. Keeping your downpipes and eavestroughs clean and clear will allow water to flow away from your home.
Extend Your Downpipes
Ensuring your eavestroughs and downpipes are clear is a great first step, but you also need to ensure the collected water is directed far enough away from your home so that it doesn’t make its way back towards your home. Most downpipes have a curved and is about 6”-8” long, which unfortunately isn’t enough to be sure the water will work its way away from your home. To be sure the water is being directed away from your home, you should extend your downpipe system. The most common and easiest way to do this is by connecting an extra pipe to the end of your existing system that will continue to direct the water away from your home safely.
Waterproof Your Basement
The most trusted way to prevent water damage is by waterproofing your basement. There are two different types of basement waterproofing, internal and external. Both utilize a waterproof membrane that is secured to your foundation wall. This membrane will prevent water from entering your home and will lead the water down to a weeping tile. Even though the process is fairly similar, external waterproofing is arguably the preferred method for basement waterproofing.
The best and most cost-effective way to deal with water damage is to avoid it altogether. Even though taking the proper steps to prevent water from entering your home doesn’t guarantee you will never have to deal with water damage, it will reduce the chances of water entering your home due to excessive rain or melting snow which are the leading causes of water entering residences.