Tips on Waterproofing Your Home

 

Everyone knows how bad the rainy season can get, especially if you happen to have leaky windows and doors. The rainy season in Florida is fast approaching, running from May to October. It is therefore important to waterproof your home, as no one will want to wade through pools of water in their own home. The good news is that there are a host of things that you can do to prevent this from ever happening in your house. The following are some of the tips that will help you waterproof your home:

1) Check your doors and windows for leaks


One of the first things that you can do is check your windows and doors for leaks. If any are found, you might want to hire a professional team for a window repair service or a door repair service. It is important that you conduct your due diligence so that you do not end up working with a team of people who are only out to sell products and are not really qualified to do a proper job. Some people may opt to do their own repairs on their own, but this should only be done if you are very confident in your workmanship skills. Otherwise, you should let the professionals do what they are trained to do so that you will not have any water seeping in during the rainy season.

2) Check for concrete cracks and repair them


One of the tasks that you should be up to constantly is inspecting the concrete walls in the house and the floors as well to ensure that there are no cracks. If you happen to come across cracks or potential water leakage areas, they should be promptly repaired and dealt with. This is due to the fact that concrete cracks threaten the stability of the walls, and this might lead to a structural collapse. However, this rarely happens, though seepage of rainwater from the outside of the house is a more common occurrence. Repairs can be done using caulk to plug in the crack (after cleaning it out), or new concrete if the cracks are big enough to warrant this.

3) Repair and lubricate rusty fixtures


As you are looking for weak spots where water might get into your home, it would also be beneficial for you to go around to inspect all the fixtures in the compound, repairing the ones in a bad state, and lubricating the ones in need of some oil. No one wants to have creaking gates and doors when they come home after a long day at work. Painting the fixtures would also be beneficial, as it will prevent rust from forming on them, which would necessitate replacement. This is a costly venture that is best prevented instead of being fixed.

4) Look after your rain gutters


The last thing that you need to do is to constantly inspect your rain gutters to ensure that none of them are clogged up, as this will make your entire compound flood, leading to water seeping into your house. This is not something that you want happening on your watch. As such, take care of your rain gutters and they will take care of you.