How To Waterproof Your Home
In Just One Weekend
There are lots of things to be excited about in spring. For instance, the weather will start to warm up again and will bring lots of beautiful flowers with it. And think about all those baby birds and cute little lambs!
Unfortunately, though, it also brings something that isn’t quite as pleasant – rain! Spring is traditionally the wettest season for us, and all those April showers can cause a lot of damage to your property. But it won’t take you long to maintain your home and ensure that it will stay waterproof for the whole of the season. In fact, these jobs won’t take you more than a weekend.
1. Repair Concrete Cracks
We often think of concrete as pretty invincible. Sure, it can stand up to a lot of wear and tear, but it isn’t as everlasting as we may think. In fact, as it ages, it can be very susceptible to cracks. That’s because concrete expands and contracts, depending on the surrounding temperature. After a while, this will cause cracks and gaps to develop, which can let a lot of rainwater into your home. But don’t worry; these are easy to repair. You just need to fill them in with caulk or concrete patch products.
2. Gutter and Downspout Cleaning
It is important to make sure your gutters and drains are up to the job of clearing away rainwater from your roof. Otherwise, your house could suffer from a lot of water damage! Gutter and downspout cleaning may not be the nicest job to do, but you need to clear out your gutters so that they are completely empty. This will allow water to flow along them, and it won’t have to flow directly down the wall of your property. It’s also a good idea to check that your downspouts are all unblocked.
3. Home Roofing Repair
If you have any loose tiles or shingles on your roof, you might find that you notice a few leaks. So, it’s a good idea to check your roof at the beginning of spring, or else all those April showers might end up inside your home! If your property is particularly high, or your roof at an extreme slant, you might prefer to get a roofing contractor to take care of the job for you. That way, you don’t have to climb onto your roof yourself! If you do decide to do this work yourself, take the appropriate safety precautions.
4. Paint over Water Stains
Some people think that they can simply paint over water stains. This isn’t the case, and the stain or mould caused by the damage will simply grow through the paint. However, you can use a waterproof sealant paint to paint over the water stains before you use regular paint. This will contain the damage and prevent it spreading. Depending on the severity of the damage, it might be better to call out a professional to treat it before you simply paint over it.
No one wants to live in a damp home! So make sure you spend one weekend waterproofing your property before all those April showers!
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