Summer is over and with autumn and winter fast approaching, there is sure to be lots of rainfall over the coming months. Rain can cause damage to our homes exterior and if your house isn’t properly maintained, water can get inside and cause serious damage. While there’s nothing we can do to stop the rain from falling, what we can do is ensure that our homes are properly prepared for it.
Here are five tips that will help to keep your house protected from the rain this year…
1. USE A WATER REPELLENT TREATMENT
Using a water repellent treatment on your home’s exterior is a great way to protect it. Sovereign Chemicals sell a range of water repellent products for your home. Water repellent is suitable for use on all porous surfaces such as stone, brick and most renders. The treatment forms a hydrophobic layer that prevents water from soaking into the surfaces and causing damage. Hydrophobic substances actively repel water, yet the treatment still allows walls to breathe normally.
2. CHECK YOUR GUTTERS REGULARLY
You may not realise it, but blocked gutters can cause a big problem. This is something that we learned the hard way recently. Make sure you check your gutters regularly because something as simple as a blockage caused by leaves and twigs can stop the flow of water and lead to overflowing. In our case, the rainwater then made its way inside our house, causing mould and damp problems. In most cases you should be able to reach your gutters by yourself with a ladder, but if not, you should hire a professional to do this.
You can find some helpful advice on how to clean your gutters here.
3. CHECK YOUR ROOF
Another thing that should be checked regularly is your roof. Check it for loose, missing or broken slates as these could lead to damp problems or a big leak. Roofs don’t last forever and need to be properly maintained, this is something that a lot of people neglect, and the consequences can be costly. It’s always best to enlist the help of a professional when you need roofing work done.
4. COVER YOUR AIR VENTS
If you are living in an area that is at high risk of flooding, or you are expecting some heavy rainfall you should make sure that your air vents are covered up. This is something that most people don’t even consider, but air vents are a common vulnerability that is exposed by infiltrating water, leading to disastrous results.
5. SEAL ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS
Finally, make sure that there are no gaps or holes around your windows and doors. If there are, use a sealant to seal them up. Make sure that any existing sealant is intact and will keep out rainwater. You may find that it needs replacing, which should be a fairly quick and easy job to do.
Have you made sure your home is ready for the wet weather that autumn will bring?
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*