It’s a holiday, Riverside! And, the first thing you want to do is to take a vacation, somewhere nice, relaxing and different from your usual days. However, it was predicted that the weather won’t be as good as you wanted it to be. It is torrential rain. And, you are now worried that the water might get into your house and damage your property. You don’t want to come into your house and be surprised that you have a pond or even a river residing in your home, or that your personal belongings have already been damaged.
Water damage caused by rain can have a severe impact on your house and even small amount of water seeping into your windows, roof or your door can cause ample structural damage and could lead to mold and mildew colonization.
Preparing your home from any bad weather such as heavy rain can help you avoid spending costly repairs. Give your home at least twice a year of a thorough inspection to see whether there are signs of water damage.
RAINWATER CAN GET INTO YOUR HOME IN SEVERAL WAYS
Damaged or weakened roof. Changes with the climate, weather conditions and even nearby trees can weaken the shingles of your roof and will eventually get damaged.
Water seepage around your windows and door frames. The spaces around our doors and windows are one of the most common gateways of rainwater going into your house. The water has the chance to enter your house most especially if the windows and doors are not sealed properly.
Holes in your home’s exterior walls. The same thing with your roof, your wall exterior can also be considered as your protector from any severe weather. However, warm weather brings out all sorts of insects, critters and even woodpeckers. These creations love digging around the exterior of your walls, leaving a massive amount of holes
Your gutter malfunctions. If your gutter is filled with a lot of leaves and other debris, the tendency is that water will not directly funnel down to your downspout and will gather around the exterior of your home causing it to ruin your house foundation.
Water is an essential element and could be seen as harmless. However, when water finds its way into your home, it could cause ample damage that could lead to spending a lot of money on repairs. Protect your home from rainwater damage by securing that your windows and doors are in good condition before bad weather blows out.
STOP RAINWATER FROM COMING INTO YOUR HOME THROUGH YOUR WINDOW
Are you one of the people holding a towel and a bucket roaming around each window collecting all the water that was gathered instead of just sitting down and enjoying the view of the gentle shower tracing a path down outside of your window? Or, while on a vacation, were you probably thinking about how you can stop the water from coming into your home.
There are a lot of methods you can use in fixing the problem and strengthening your windows to perform as the shield of your home from rainwater damage. Follow some simple maintenance work to save yourself from the hassle.
- Inspect the gasket between the window frame and the glass. Apply seal from the glass to the gasket with clear silicone caulk.
- Pull out the damaged exterior caulking, clean the frame and re-apply caulk.
- Be sure that the sill at the lower part of the window frame is placed downward allowing the water to flow toward the exterior.
- Remove any dirt or debris from weep holes in the frame bottom. Use a small wire to clean the holes. It helps in eliminating the water and flow directly to the outside.
If the problem with the window seems severe, you may call a professional to inspect the situation and provide an accurate solution.
STOP RAINWATER FROM COMING THROUGH THE DOOR
Just like your windows, your door can also serve as the gateway of rainwater to your home. Over time, the sealing that is placed to prevent water from entering your home can become weaken and decay. Luckily, with replacement and adding sealing are just very simple and inexpensive.
- Remove dirt around your door by washing it and its frame with your own dish soap.
- Remove the caulking from around your doorframe; get as much as possible, making sure that you don’t damage the door. Then, clean the entire door with a damp rag and let it try.
- Prepare the tube and seal. Insert the caulk tube into the gun and place the nozzle tip on the spot where you want to start caulking. Keep the pressure steady to control the amount of caulk applied. You can use your damp finger to smooth out the caulk bead.
- Take off the old door sweep or bottom weather-strip from the bottom of your door. These are types of seals that prevent water from coming in under your door.
- Pattern the size of the new door sweep or weather strip to the old one, and attach it to the bottom of your door.
- Take off the weather stripping from the side part and the upper part of the door or door frame.
- Replace the side and top weather-stripping.
There are numerous ways you can do to protect your home from rainwater damage. At times, we are worried about leaving our home and enjoying the holiday with our family. But simple maintenance and work can handle the situation.
DEALING WITH WATER DAMAGE?
Were you not able to protect your home from rainwater while on vacation? Did the water that came into your home damage your property? Don’t wait for the damage to become worse. Call Superior Restoration Riverside, today.