3 Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage
They say too much of a good thing is bad, and that’s certainly the case with water and your home. This is especially true during spring months when many parts of the U.S suffer from heavy downpours and thunderstorms.
Water is not only devastating for your foundation; it can wreak havoc on your roofing and siding as well. With serious damage comes serious repairs, ultimately affecting your bottom line and one of your most important investments: your home.
As a wise man once told us, “The best way to handle a problem is to be proactive, not reactive,” which is why we’re listing 3 measures that any homeowner can take to prevent water and moisture damage to their home.
1. Check and Reinforce Your Home’s Roofing and Siding
Roofing – Your home’s first line of defense against water and rainfall is its siding and roofing. If your roof isn’t in peak condition, one heavy thunderstorm could create months of headaches for you and your family. Make sure your roof was built using materials that can hold up during a heavy storm. Repair any roof damage that may be a problem, and if necessary, replace your roof with higher quality shingles.
Siding – Much like your roof, your home’s siding plays an imperative role in keeping your family safe. To do its job properly, it needs to be well maintained. Check your siding carefully for any disrepair and correct the problems as soon as possible. If you live in a moist climate and have wooden siding, it might be time to install materials that hold up better against water.
2. Seal Your Home’s Windows and Doors
Have you noticed droplets of water around the windows of your home? Chances are they need to be re-sealed or re-installed. Poorly sealed windows allow moisture and water to get inside, which can create mildew and even harmful mold. Over time, more significant damage may occur if not treated.
Inspect each window of your home and fix any sealing issues that may be present using caulk and other sealing agents recommended by your home’s builder. If during your inspection you find ill-fitting frames, consider installing new frames as soon as you can.
3. Take Advantage of Your Home’s Yard!
Roofing and siding play such an important part in preventing water damage that homeowners sometimes forget what is right in front of them – their yard! The design of your home’s yard can go a long way when it comes to protecting your home from heavy rains and storms. Consider directing water away from your home’s foundation using a drainage system, whether that system incorporates piping, rocks or a combination of the two.
You might also want to research permeable paving systems, or if you’re planning on buying a home, look for a property with a slope that will direct water away from your home naturally. Consult with a landscaper in your area for ideas or get a quote from them to see how much it would cost to install a drainage system. Grading your front or back yard may also work well and combat against standing water, which can be detrimental over time.
Professional Roofing and Siding Services
If you find that your home’s roofing, siding or windows are significantly damaged, or that repairing them is something that you don’t feel confident doing on your own, Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI is here to help!
With years of experience in the roofing, siding, and window replacement industry, we’re fully equipped and ready to assist you with repairs or replacements. We’ be happy to hop on a phone call with you to discuss your issues or to simply provide you with some pointers on what to do. When the time comes for us to help, we’ll travel to your location and give you a quote at no extra cost. We’re just one call or email away – let’s talk today!