Usually when winter rolls in dry weather can wreak havoc but so can wet weather, to protect your home and ultimately yourself from the damage wet weather can have it is generally thought to be a good idea to give your home’s exterior a once over to make sure that the moist and wetness doesn’t find its way in. In doing so there are a lot of ways and touch points you can give a nudge at least once to make sure your home is protected. After all you don’t want to find yourself in a conundrum of sorts where you have drippy ceiling or a flooded basement.

Now as mentioned earlier the problems usually occur first in the exterior of your home, and there are ways to spot problem areas earlier on. What you really need to do is think like water would as it makes its way across the concrete and wood you’ve so proudly assembled.

Windows and Doors:

Usually a good spot to start at are the windows and doors. If your façade is open and you have a number of windows installed to bring in that fresh air and sunlight – that’s fair enough but to protect the inside from weather extremities like rainfall or snow you need to ensure that you have adequate covering on top of each exterior window or door. It might seem like a simple enough solution but mind you if you aren’t vigilant enough what will eventually happen is that rain water and snow will directly impact the window face and same goes for your doors. Another point to note is the edges where the window or an outside door is installed or put it. You might want to redo the cement or even ensure extra padding is installed which would hinder water seeping in through the cracks if there are any. This needs to be planned well ahead of time or you’ll run into a lot of repair works once the wet weather is gone.

Gutters:

The gutters around you humble abode are there for a reason, although many people think they are an eye soar. Carefully placed pipes around your property and the margins of your home to be more precise will ensure that water doesn’t stay on the roof tops and is guided right to the ground. Therefore to welcome the wet weather and winters even if you don’t do anything else make sure your gutters are clean and the pipes aren’t clogged. No doubt it is a tedious task but do it once a year at least.

Foundations:

Now that we have the basics out of the way, give your perimeter a once over. After you’ve ensured that the gutters are well regulated the next thing you need to make sure of is that the water isn’t finding its way in your foundations. This is easy enough to avoid by simply making sure that it doesn’t stay at any point, to do so you might want to build slopes where you’ve noticed that water stands right of your gutters.

When foundation cracks appear, you can generally repair them in three basic steps. First, you will need to gain access to the crack, which might require some digging. Next, use a pressure washer or other tool to thoroughly clean the area surrounding the crack. Finally, pack the crack with the appropriate type of cement using a trowel. You will also need to apply a foundation coating a few days later. Of course, foundation cracks need to be treated seriously and are best repaired by qualified professionals.

sump-pump-repairIf your sump pump fails on you, then you need to find out the source of the problem quickly before your basement floods. You first need to check to make sure that power is being supplied to the pump. If power isn’t the issue, then you need to check for any clogs in the line or obstacles in the pit. Whenever you are working on your sump pump, be sure that you have disconnected the power. Never reach into the well when the pump is still plugged in. If there is any debris in the pit, removing it may get your pump working again. If not, then you will probably need to call a waterproofing professional to diagnose the problem.

When you find water in the basement, the first thing you need to do is find where that water is coming from. You can’t fix the problem if you don’t know what it is. There are many ways that water can be getting into your house. You need to scan for foundation cracks, drain clogs, standing water in your yard, and much more. If you can’t find an obvious cause of the moisture, then contacting a professional waterproofing expert will usually get you the answers.

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Sloping YardIf your yard slopes toward your house and forces standing water against your foundation, then you might be more susceptible to water entering your house. However, fixing this issue might not be as simple as sloping the yard away from your house.

Changing the slope of your yard might only offer a temporary solution to keeping water out of your basement. If you have any standing water in your yard or a yard that seems to slope toward your home, contact a waterproofing professional to find out the best solutions.