A water leak can quickly become problematic. What starts as a tiny drip can lead to mounting damages, and unnecessary exposure to the elements. Not to mention mold and mildew. With a few precautions, however, you can stop water damage in its tracks. Here are a few ways to keep water from damaging your home:
1. Watch Siding
At a staggering four times more surface area than the roof, siding is typically more important for water damage protection. Fortunately, a quick look from the ground is all you need to determine the potential for damage – no ladder required. Keep an eye out for siding that has fallen off, is bowing, or looks crooked.
On the inside of your home, note any water damage behind the walls, too. That can also be from your siding. This can be tough to find, given its hidden nature, but paying attention to possible water marks or stains on walls – or by using a moisture detector – you can expose the damage.
2. Seal Windows
An improperly caulked window can cause some serious water seepage into the home. Check the area between your window frames and wall/trim as well as around the glass and windows themselves to make sure the caulking is firm and tight. If it’s beginning to sag, or separate, it’s time for a re-sealing project. Depending on the condition of your windows, it may be time for a full replacement.
3. Clean Gutters
A good gutter system will act as your home’s first line of defense against water damage. Make sure to give them a thorough clean at least once per year, and several sweeps throughout. Get as much debris out of there as you can! If clearing out your gutters doesn’t sound like a walk in the park, you can always consider installing gutter guards as well.
If you notice the gutters are beginning to break away from your home, affix them as soon as possible. They can’t reroute water away from your home appropriately if they’re detached.
4. Roof Maintenance
If you start noticing brown spots growing on the ceiling, or even visible water leaks, they are likely from a damaged roof. It’s important to regularly check your roof for missing shingles and warping to prevent damage to your home, especially following a major storm. If climbing up a ladder and walking on the roof doesn’t sound like a walk in the park, however, you can always call a specialist.
If you see any of these warning signs, call us at 717-399-4708 or contact us today at Zephyr Thomas for help with all of your home improvement needs.