Here’s How to Rainproof Your Home in 6 Easy Steps

Here’s How to Rainproof Your Home in 6 Easy Steps

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Florida is home to some of the wettest spots in the US that have average rainfall of 60-65 inches every year. While showers are welcome when they are mild-mannered, things become increasingly difficult when they become never-ending downpours resulting in massive floods.

Last year there were many areas in Florida that saw more than 20 inches of rain in a single day.
Rain-proofing your home and all that it holds is necessary to weather unpredictable rains.

Rain-proofing cannot be restricted to outdoor structures alone. You have to be equally, if not more, careful to see to that furniture, carpets and rugs, artwork and jewelry, clothes and electronic gadgets are also safe as well. This can be achieved by ensuring moisture and dampness does not creep into your home interiors from the outside.

Here are a few tips for you to rain-proof your home safely and securely.

Clear the Pathways

When it is raining cats and dogs, the last thing that you want is clogged gutters and drains that prevent water from draining properly. You need to check and address all issues with the drainage system in your house, and get things sorted out much before the rains set in.

You can do a cursory check on your own by pouring water into drains and pipes and checking whether there is smooth flow. You can also get a plumber to install non-return valves in drains and pipes so that dirty water is not forced back into your house in the event of heavy rains.

Clogged downspouts are any homeowner’s nightmare. To conveniently clean them without getting covered all over with gutter goop, use a pair of barbecue tongs to pull out leaves and other debris that block the spout.
You also need to check whether any gutter nails have become loose and are giving away. You can replace them with longer lag screws that hold firm for a longer period of time. These screws are stronger and can be easily installed with a cordless drill.

Be Mindful of Cracks in Concrete

Cracks in concrete especially on your outer wall, home foundation or along walkways can prove to be troublesome when rains comes crashing down. In no time water will seep in and cause structural issues. Improper drainage also causes concrete to swell and crack further.

A tube of caulk may be all that you require to seal the cracks and keep moisture out. Clean out the cracks, let them dry and apply caulk to seal up the openings.

If you detect that cracks are bigger then you might need to replace the caulk with a concrete patch. Note that if water is retained sub-surface, it will slowly soften the underlying soil and cause more intense and damaging cracks. If the climate is cold and the water beneath freezes, the situation only worsens. Sealing cracks and gaps will also help you keep insects and bugs from invading your home.

Be Wary of Sinkholes

Rain proofing your home also means keeping an eye out for potential sinkholes. Heavy rains usually lead to an increase in sinkhole activity.

If you notice water pooling up in areas in your yard, or there is noticeable subsidence on ground, or you notice trees, fence or poles tilting or sinking you can suspect sinkhole activity in your property. These signs in your neighbor’s property also serve a warning of unusual underground activity in the area. Doors and windows refusing to shut and hairline cracks on walls also indicate foundation issues which you need to address immediately.

Close to 20% of the US rests above karst terrain which is notoriously prone to sinkholes. So before the onset of rains get your property inspected for possible sinkholes as well.

Take Care of Sticky Windows and Doors

During rainy season the humidity level in your home rises causing wooden doors and windows to become sticky. This is because wood absorbs moisture and swells. Hard to close windows are troublesome but can be fixed in no time.

Mark where the window or door is swollen. Remove the hinges carefully and take out the window from its frame. Use a hand plane and slowly remove the excess material in the areas where you have marked. Ensure that you only remove the bare minimum so that there will not be any wide gaps come summer and the wood shrinks back. This minor remediation job will ensure that you do not face any problem during the ensuing long rainy spell.

Give a Good Paint Job to Your Exterior Walls

Low quality exterior wall paint makes it easy for water to seep in during rains. This will collect within concrete walls and cause dampness and peeling of paint on interior walls. Dampness also leads to mold and fungus infestation which can cause serious health complications in those who are exposed to them.

Apply high quality oil-based primer sealers on your exterior walls and when dry, paint them over with water-resistant paint. Also keep in mind that all plastering, repairing, waterproofing and painting jobs should be completed before the rains.

You can also polish up your interiors with a new paint job that will brighten up things during the dull and grey days. Before painting your interior walls it is important that you use a detector to check whether there is any moisture locked in the wall.
Smart renovation jobs will not only make your home look great during wet season they will also provide protection and safeguard your house from rain damage.

Prevent Chances of Flooding

Heavy rains also bring dangers of flooding. Install flood boards beneath doors and fame works to stop flood water from seeping in. Flood boards should ideally be made of marine plywood which has excellent resistance to moisture damage.

Airbricks often go unnoticed but can cause major damage if left uncovered. There are special materials available which will help you cover them over and will prevent water from coming in.
Sandbags are easy and convenient and offer protection from raging storms.

Conclusion

Rain proofing your home will help you ward off unnecessary expenses and repairs later on. It will also help you maintain your home beautiful and chic the year round.

Author Bio: Lori Wagoner is associated with hbresidential.com, a leading geotechnical contractor. She is a thought leader in home improvement, looking to build up her authority as a blogger. Feel free to follow her on Google+.

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