Whether your home is new or has been around for generations, it is imperative that it is properly waterproofed.
Water damage not only causes untold problems to the structure of your home, greatly affecting its market value, but can also damage your personal effects and valuable possessions. It can also damage the paint work and finishings in your house.
Sizable waterproofing jobs, particularly on your roof, may be incredibly expensive so it is advisable to perform regular check-ups on all areas of your home, where water may cause damage, and prevent any potential problems before they get out of control.
How can I waterproof my property?
There are various areas of your home where it is vital that water is repelled, and in each of those areas there are various methods of waterproofing.
This guide will take a look at some of the most vital areas in the home, and we also have a boat load of popular and easy ways of handling potential water damage to these areas.
There are a wide variety of ways you can set about treating the brickwork of your house which will prevent water or moisture invading your home and there’s an added incentive– treating your bricks will also save a packet on heating bills as the warmth can not escape!
An easy way to seal your brickwork is to repaint the outside brickwork of your house using a specialized outdoor paint, which are more weatherproof and hardy than regular paint.
Painting your house is a job you can definitely do yourself but, depending upon how big your house is, it might be quite a mammoth task so recognize certain things before you begin, like:
Always plan and timetable the job. So as not to be daunted due to the size of the task you should split the workload into sections using existing features for instance, nooks, parapets, lintels, down pipes and window frames as natural breaks.
Pick a certain area and complete that area before pausing. It will seem less mountainous because you are focusing on a series of small segments, as opposed to your home overall, and it will also naturally disguise the joins between the new paint and old should you opt to get the job done over a longer period.
Don’t paint in strong sunlight as water-based paints will dry too quickly, or on windy days as irritating dust particles and debris being blown around in the air will stick to the wet paint work!
Painting aside, which you may do yourself, there are also many new technological developments and special waterproofing compounds which will protect your house from any moisture damage. Usually these will need to be applied by professionals.
Other than guttering there are many important ways to ensure that your roof is offering you and your home the maximum protection against water damage.
A well protected and insulated roof can also save you money on your heating bills as it will stop heat leaving through gaps in the roof. If you have a flat roof, or a part of your roof is flat, then you must be absolutely sure that it is waterproofed as flat roofs are particularly susceptible to damage.
If a problem occurs, the huge financial cost involved in replacing an entire roof means that most people usually go for a simple patch-up job. There are, however, ways to secure the lasting future of your roof without encountering tens of 1000s of dollars in cost.
Of all you should inspect your roof twice a year, ideally before and after winter, and look out for the following things in order to stop potential problems before they begin:
Nobody likes a dirty flasher
Flashing is the metal used to seal bends and joints around vents, skylights, chimneys etc. Make certain that it is not leaking or damaged as water can permeate underneath the flashing and drip into your house and cause numerous problems. Because of deteriorated or faulty flashing, it is estimated that up to 90% roofing leaks occur.
Missing shingles or tiles
Seek out any roof tiles or shingles that have either flown away, cracked or deteriorated as a result of bad weather. You will have to replace any that go missing or are badly damaged immediately.
Ensure the tiles that remain in place are securely fastened and sealed to the roof. It is especially important to check the tiles around the roof edge as this is often where rain and wind may do the absolute most damage.
Another top waterproofing tip is to use an insulator, e.g. a spray-on foam insulation which goes underneath your roof.