With winter rapidly approaching, it is important to inspect your home’s exterior to make sure that water will not make its way inside your house this season. Here are a few ways to prevent water damage to your home in cold weather:
• Start by inspecting your gutters.
It is very important that you clean your gutters before winter arrives. The majority of homes have gutters attached to the edge of the roof line. Gutters are a part of a home that sometimes gets overlooked and that could be a huge mistake once the winter season arrives. An overflowing gutter is likely to send water into your home. It can also cause serious damage to the exterior of your home.
• Inspect your downspout as well.
It should go directly into a rain leader or drainpipe that leads to the sewer. It should direct the water as far away from the house as possible. If your downspout is not functioning correctly, clean the screen and open the top so that it does not fill up and freeze during the winter.
• Keep a check on clogged weep holes.
If your home does not have any large roof overhangs to guard against rain then you are most likely depending on caulk and installation to keep water out. Be sure to check for clogged weep holes which could allow water to get through. From time to time gaps will open up in caulk. Be sure to remove old caulk that is not well bonded and make sure the surface is clean and dry before caulking.
• Inspect the perimeter for ways that water may enter the foundation.
Look at driveway pavers that allow water to pass into the ground. Proper grading is paramount for your driveway. Once snow begins to fall, the snow that reaches overhangs can freeze and create ice damming.
Robert Matheka is the Owner of Kala Construction Inc., a leading Water damage and Water damage restoration services provider in Ontario, CA. Our services include extraction of water and drying out the structure by using special extraction equipment, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to restore your property back to normal after a disaster.