It is our life source and we need it to survive. But, when it comes to non-living structures such as our homes, water is not something we want in extra amounts! When we have too much water, be it due to burst pipes or outside causes, our homes can be seriously damaged and even rendered unlivable. So, as Charlotte homeowners, it is vital that we do our part to keep water damage from occurring.
Waterproofing Your Home
Waterproofing your home is something nearly every homeowner can do. Yes, when the house was built it is likely that measures to keep water out were taken. But there are additional steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure that the rain and water stays outside.
- Repair cracks in concrete. Although cracked concrete can happen, you don’t have to just accept it as part of owning a home. For small cracks – less than a ¼ inch wide- a bit of caulk will suffice. For larger ones, first clean out the crack with a high-pressure hose nozzle. Let it dry and then you can apply the caulk. If it is of significant size, use concrete patch. By repairing the crack(s), you are keeping water from seeping under your home or behind the wall of the foundation.
- Clean out the gutters. While cleaning out the gutters isn’t a very glamorous job, it is a necessary one if you want to prevent water damage. Be sure to clean out the downspouts, too! In addition, take time to make sure the gutter nails are firmly in place. This is best accomplished by replacing the standard gutter screws with extra-long ones.
- Plastic sheets and panels. Though they need to be used in conjunction with other waterproofing approaches, the sheets and panels will help in waterproofing your basement drainage system. They won’t keep water from getting through to the walls but they will keep it from ruining things stored in your basement.
- Concrete waterproof coating – Rolled or brushed on like paint, this is applied to concrete surfaces to keep moisture from seeping in.
- Silicate-based concrete sealers. Also known as densifiers, this can be used on unpainted concrete. The sealer soaks into the concrete, reacts to masonry and then form a waterproofed layer.
- Waterproofing paint. That’s right, paint. This thick paint is perfect for the DIYer; once it is applied and cured you can paint over it. This is often used to treat the effects of minor water damage.
- Rooftop leaks. While leaks can occur anywhere on a roof, be sure to inspect the areas around the chimney or any skylights or venting that may be a part of your roof’s surface. Replace any damaged shingles, and seal up any areas where water can seep into the structure of your home.
- Shut the door! Make sure that windows and door seal properly. Often, this is as easy as applying silicone or perhaps getting new doors or windows. This will not only waterproof, but make your home more energy efficient.
Not sure if you are doing all you can to keep the water out of your home? Perhaps, your home has already been damaged due to water. If this is your scenario, then don’t hesitate to give the Sherrill Structural Repair team a call. We can assess your property and determine what needs to be done. Give us a call today!