what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

Here Comes the Rain: 4 Steps to Protect Your Basement Against Water Damage

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Spring will be here soon, and so will the rains. Rain brings much-needed moisture to the earth. However, it also brings increased risk of water-damage, especially if you have a basement that hasn't been waterproofed. While you're preparing your home for the changing weather, don't forget to waterproof your basement. Here are four simple steps you can take to get your basement ready for spring. 

Take Care of the Humidity

You might not realize this, but even a small amount of moisture can damage your basement. Not only can excess moisture cause your basement window frames to warp, but it can also invite mold growth. Both conditions can require costly repairs. To protect your basement from moisture damage, you should install a dehumidifier. A whole-room de-humidifier will remove moisture from your basement before it has a chance to cause damage.

Repair the Cracks

Now that you're waterproofing your basement, you should inspect for concrete damage. Water can seep into small cracks and chips in the concrete, causing serious damage to your basement. To prevent further damage, you should repair the cracks and chips. Inspect your basement and locate the damage that will need to be repaired. Fill the damaged areas with waterproof latex caulking. Press the caulking into the damaged area and then smooth with a putty knife. Allow the caulking to dry and then apply a second layer.                                  

Seal the Concrete

Once the caulking has dried, you'll be ready to seal the concrete. Applying a waterproof sealant will protect your walls and flooring from water damage. It's a good idea to apply a fresh coat of sealant at least once a year. For maximum protection, you should empty your basement before applying the sealant. This will ensure that your entire basement is protected from water damage. Waterproof sealant can be purchased at any home improvement center. Pour the sealant into a disposable paint tray. Apply the sealant using either a paint sprayer or a disposable paint roller. Allow the sealant to dry before applying a second coat.

Clean the Gutters

Now that you've taken care of the inside waterproofing, it's time to head outside. Your rain gutters are an important component of your basement waterproofing. To make sure they're up to the task, you'll need to clean them out and adjust the downspouts. First, wash your gutters out with your garden hose. Next, adjust the downspouts so that the water flows away from your home.

Now that the rains are on their way, use the tips provided here to waterproof your basement. For questions or concerns regarding waterproofing, be sure to speak to a contractor near you. 

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20 January 2017