Waterproofing to Avoid Home Repairs

Waterproofing to Avoid Home Repairs
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    Purchasing a home is one of the biggest steps in a person’s life.

    It provides a secure stable environment, which is the perfect setting for raising a family.

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However, there is a lot to learn about owning a home; for instance, maintenance and home repairs. Water damage is one of the biggest threats to a home owner. It is very costly and time consuming to repair. There are several causes of water damage in a house, the most common of which are listed below

Toilet clogging and leaking

This is the easiest issue to spot. Almost everyone has seen a toilet bowl overflow. Seeing clear water around the bottom is a good sign of a leak from the back of the toilet. If these problems go unnoticed, repairs commonly go above $5,000. Generally, checking the toilet’s seals, fittings, and pipes can save a home owner from all hassles associated. If any seem damaged or worn out, they can be changed fairly easily without the need to hire a professional.

Plumbing system

A home’s plumbing system involves much more than just the toilets. Bathtubs, sinks, and the pipes that attach to them are all a crucial part of the plumbing system. These pipes should be inspected often for rust, leaks, or breakages. Also, these pipes run underground outside of the home, so the area surrounding the home should be checked for constantly damp, moist, or wet spots. Your ears are one of the better tools you have for inspecting pipe systems for water damage. Many of the issues in the plumbing system will create loud, abrasive noises, which can be traced to find the problem directly.

Structural issues

Even though it doesn’t happen to everyone, the occasion on which it happens is a real pain. Basements are of particular concern when looking at water damage issues caused by structural issues. Some common signs of a leak or crack are a wet, musty odor, and any growing mold or mildew. The lack of proper ventilation of the basement can cause small leaks to grow into huge problems for a home owner. Basement waterproofing is a big job, and is normally best left to professionals. They will check downspouts are proper length and width, repair defects in the basement ground or walls, and possibly even install Hydroclay around the outside of the basement.

While these are the most common issues that cause water damage in a house, There are some other things you can do to make sure you are preventing water damage as much as possible.

  1. All plants should be at least 12 inches from the structure of your house. This will ensure that roots don’t bring water to sit on your foundation for long periods of time.
  2. Inspect roof quarterly. Look for any problem areas with damaged tiles or improper fitment of flashes around the chimney. Prevent branches of trees from sitting or rubbing on the roof.
  3. Clean gutters at least twice per year, and install blockage guards in gutters.
  4. Inspect window trim regularly. Check the caulking for any signs of cracking, splitting, and bubbling.
  5. Use stainless-steel, burst-proof water hoses on your washing machine, and use proper fittings.
  6. Replace all HVAC filters every year, or to the manufacturer’s specifications.

These simple, cost-effective tasks can help save you gobs of money over the course of your home-ownership. Learning to make these tasks habit are part of being a responsible home owner.

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