Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage


If you have ever had a bad flood in your home from pipes bursting or a severe storm outside, then you know how much damage it can cause. Major water damage in your home not only destroys things like furniture and appliances, but it can lead to mould and mildew, which then requires more restoration. The best thing you can do is take some necessary steps to safeguard your home from water damage.

Install Waterproofing Membranes

These are a type of heavy plastic or rubber materials that can be used in areas of your home where water damage is more common. For example, you can apply the waterproofing plastic underneath your main roofing materials to protect your attic or the top floor of your home, and you can apply them in your walls, in the basement, or even behind shower walls. They come in big rolls and will be installed behind the main housing structure or building materials.

Have Your Roof Inspected Regularly

A common area of your home for water to come in and cause damage is through your roof. It is not uncommon to not even notice a hole or crack in the roofing materials until a heavy rain when suddenly you have water dripping down your ceiling and onto the floor. This water damages the roof, ceiling, walls, floors, and anything else it touches. The best thing you can do is not wait for a storm to find the leak, but have the roof inspected on a routine basis. Your roofing contractor can check the condition of the shingles or other roofing materials and look for signs of a leak so that it can be repaired before the next rain.

Get a Sump Pump

Some of the water damage occurs from inside your home, such as if the pipes burst. This is when it is a good idea to have a sump pump in your basement. The pump will automatically turn on when it recognizes water on the ground of your home, so that it can start collecting the water and pumping it out of your house. There are battery-powered sump pumps that you can use if you have flooding at the same time as a power outage. The pumps should be professionally installed to ensure they will work properly when needed.

Consult a contractor to discuss these and other ways you can protect your home from water damage.


21 November 2016

Repairing my dad's old fixie

I really want a cool old fixie like some of the people at my university have, but they are actually more expensive than I had first thought. Then I was going through the shed at home, and I found a really old rusted bike my dad used to use. The bike needed a lot of work, so it's been a project for the last few months to get it working properly and get it looking great again. This blog has all of the repair and restoration steps that I have used, and pictures of my progress as the project progressed.