When it’s wet outside, the last thing you want is for it to be wet inside too. Water should stay firmly on the outside of your home so that you can stay happy, healthy, and warm. But there are certain problems that can cause water to get into your home from outside. If you don’t notice it quickly, it could start to cause major problems in your home. Fortunately, you can easily spot these issues before they really turn into anything serious. You can even do a lot of it yourself, so there’s no need to hire someone to do the work.
Patch Up Gaps and Cracks
One of the easiest problems to spot is any gaps or cracks in either the exterior or interior of your home. If you can see any gaps where there shouldn’t be any, there’s a chance they could let water in. There are different ways to patch up these issues and make your home more waterproof. On some membranes and other materials, you can employ butyl sealing tapes to form a proper seal. Some cracks and gaps in brickwork, plaster, or other solid materials can benefit from being filled up with a filler product that will harden and provide protection.
Paying attention to doors and windows is important as it’s where water can often get into your home. Looking around the edges of frames will help you to spot any problems, including caulking that’s no longer doing its job. If you want to replace caulk, start by removing any old or cracked caulk that you want to get rid of and cleaning up the area. It’s useful to have some tools if you want to apply caulk neatly, but you can also use a wet finger to smooth it out. Make sure you pick a dry day to apply it.
Get a Roof Inspection
Your roof is another major area where water could get in if there are any problems. You might be able to spot some problems with the roof yourself, even if you’re just looking from the ground. But it’s often best to get a roof inspection carried out by a professional roofer. They can safely inspect your roof and will pick up on any problems that need to be repaired. Taking care of any roof issues will protect the whole of your home, preventing issues with leaks and damp.
Waterproof Your Cellar/Basement
If you have a cellar or basement, it can be a source of excess moisture or leaking. Even if you only use the space for storage or don’t go down there often, you don’t want there to be damp or pools of water. There are various steps you might need to take to waterproof your basement, from installing a pump to putting in damp-proof membranes. If you want to convert the space into a liveable room, it’s even more important to ensure it’s waterproof.
Waterproof your home to make it healthier and ensure your family can live happily.