Evaluating Vulnerabilities To Prevent Water Damage
Posted on 3:51 am by IRCS
The dry and wet seasons can put a considerable pressure on the building envelope of your house namely the roof, the external walls, the windows and exteriors. Rains and destructive floods are usual in the wet season and in the dry season, as the temperatures climb, so does the humidity. As the dry season begins to draw to a close, now is the best time to prepare for the coming winter that can cause some damage to your house of which water wrought damage can have a devastating effect on your house. Water, which is a most often an ignored culprit can seep into any house can cause a lot of headaches that include structural damage, mold, mildew and unhealthy conditions that may breed insects and other pests.
Thousands of home insurance claims are filed every year for losses major and minor, though they’re always inconvenient and most of the times, avoidable too with a little bit of care and periodic inspection. Water seepage is one of the most common causes of damage to a homes, apart from the inconvenience, it costs Indiana residents hundreds of millions of dollars in repair bills every year.
Every house owner can put in a fair bit of effort every year in sealing the cracks before they get worse, checking the backwater valve to avoid a sewer backup, extending downspouts to prevent water seepage. It surely means work, but nowhere near as much as having to clean up after sustaining a flood in the basement though there are repairs that would necessitate professional help.
Rains and melting snow can erode the soil around your house and can change the slope of the ground, until one day you realize rain water is flowing toward the house instead of toward the street. If in your plot, the ground slopes toward the house, water from heavy rainfall or melting snow will collect near the foundation and fill the drains as the water has nowhere else to go but to seep into the most vulnerable points—the base of the foundation or small cracks.
The next culprit is the gutter, and you should make a point to check them periodically and clean them every spring and fall. A simple task like removing the leaves and debris and run water through them with a hoe, starting from the highest point can leave it clean and drained. You need also to check if the water is flowing evenly or flowing into leaks or cracks.Water leaks can also be avoided by having your backwater valve examined, which is part of the plumbing system and is located in the basement covered by a trap or installed on above ground pipes near plumbing fixtures (e.g., sinks, toilets, showers or washer drains). It works on a simple open-close flap system managing the important task of making sure the municipal sewage system doesn’t back up into your drains and come bubbling out of your plumbing fixtures through the one or more of these backup prevention devices.