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Nothing can ruin a cozy rainy day at home faster than discovering a water leak in a wall, window or ceiling. That is why ensuring that your family home is watertight is absolutely essential during the wet months. Kept unchecked, rain, sleet and snow can easily make their way inside of your house. This could lead to leaks, damp, mold, musty smells and, in some cases, a loss of structural integrity.
The good news is that ensuring your property is watertight can be simple. Here are a few tips and ideas to help get you started.
Install Top Quality Windows
For a watertight house, it is essential to have top quality windows. Windows are often the weakest aspect of a home’s line of defense against outside dampness. The slightest bit of damage could cause severe issues inside your home, and cracks are all too common in older windows. A compromised seal between the window and its casing can also be a place for leaks to creep in. Making the decision to upgrade to something more sturdy such as triple glazing or even stormproof windows is the ideal way to put an end to your window woes, allowing you to feel safe, secure and contained inside your home without the risk of cold winds and rain seeping through inside.
Check Your Roof Regularly
It is also important to check your roof regularly. You need to be able to view and assess the current quality and standard of your roof to better identify the need for fixes and improvements, as things like dislodged, broken or missing roof tiles can wreak havoc for your home. It can be dangerous to climb onto your roof without the proper safety equipment, and it can be tough to know what you’re actually looking for, so it is a good idea to source a new roof contractor that has proven experience and a good range of skills to take over this responsibility for you.
Clear Your Gutters
It is essential to keeping your gutters and downspouts clear, as gutters clogged by leaves and other natural debris can lead to damp, flooding and worse. Your gutters are there to transport excess water away from your property and into the most appropriate area, so failing to keep them clean will mean they cannot perform to their expected capacity. A build up of debris will halt the excess water in its tracks, forcing it to pool up behind the debris until the water starts spilling over the sides of the gutter and possibly seeping through your exterior walls. Gutter cleaning can be dangerous because it requires ladders and/or accessing your roof. So it’s prudent to hire a professional for this task.
Keeping your home watertight in the rainy season can be simple if you start with the ideas described above!
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