Water Damage Doesn’t Have to Happen To You or Your Home
Water damage is something many homeowners do not discover until it becomes a very expensive problem. Rotting wood, decaying foundations, and mold are all examples of the damage that water can cause to any home. Protecting your home from these and other kinds of damage is something that every homeowner can and should do. Water damage does not have to happen to you or your home just because it rains about 60 inches a year in Atlanta. That’s five feet of water!
Let’s look at what kind of damage water can do to your home and 3 ways to protect your home that every Atlanta homeowner can do.
Wood and water are not meant to be in contact with each other for any extended period of time. Even with the best paint and protection, water left standing in contact with wood will eventually destroy it. Wood can also be damaged by water that overflows from one area such as your roof, onto another area like window frames, stairs and decks.
Over time, water seeps and soaks into the wood causing decay and rot. Any weight or pressure put on the rotted wood will cause it to break or fail leading to dangerous situations and expensive repairs.
Common areas for wood damage are along fascia boards near the roof edge, window and door frames, wood stairs and decks, as well as interior areas such as in attics, walls, and floors.
Water that comes into contact with concrete, brick, and mortar can erode the material causing expensive, time-consuming damage that can threaten the safety of your entire home. Water damage commonly happens at or near the foundation of the home where water flows down walls or puddles where the foundation meets the ground around your home.
Foundations damaged by water can shift, fall or crack which causes everything above it (your entire home) to be at risk for failures like cracked walls and flooring. Water that has penetrated wall at the foundation can become trapped and it will expand and contract with the weather. Freezing temperatures, most commonly found below your home, will cause foundations to crack wide open requiring extensive and very expensive repairs.
Mold and Mildew
Once water becomes trapped in areas of your woodwork, walls, or foundation it becomes the perfect spot for the development of mold and mildew. Not only does mold destroy the material where it has penetrated extensively it is a hazard to the health of you and your family.
Mold and mildew spores can cause breathing and respiratory issues, especially in children and older adults in the home. Remediation or removal can involve tearing out drywall, plaster, supporting walls and woodwork and replacing everything after treatments are applied.
3 Ways to Protect Your Home From Water Damage
How to protect your home from the damages and expensive repair bills caused by water is something that every homeowner should be concerned about and can easily do something about.
1. Have Your Gutters and Downspouts Professionally Cleaned
Rain gutters and downspouts are designed to carry rainwater from the roof of your home to a spot where it cannot do damage. If your rain gutters or downspouts are clogged with leaves, dirt, roof shingles, toys, plants, or other materials they cannot do their job properly.
This results in water getting trapped in the gutter near the edge of your roof causing damage to the wood fascia, eaves, roof plywood underlayment and other nearby surfaces. Clogged gutters also cause water to overflow from the roof down onto other wood surfaces like stairs and decks as well as windows, doors and walls.
All of this water that overflows your gutters will eventually puddle near your foundation, seeping into concrete, brick and mortar as well as any basement areas. Wherever the water goes it will cause damage.
Having your gutters and downspouts professionally cleaned on a regular basis can keep water from accumulating even in the heaviest downpour. Your nearby Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Atlanta professional can clear any blockage in your gutters and downspouts as well look for damage that may have already been caused by water. Minor repairs like re-attaching or correcting gutter slope can also be made at the same time as the cleaning.
2. Move Water Away From Your Foundation
Moving water away from the foundation of your home can help prevent damage to the foundation itself as well as help prevent water from entering your basement areas. Water can be directed away from your home most efficiently by properly positioning downspouts from you gutters and creating barriers to prevent the water from reaching the foundation or walls.
Properly positioned downspouts that are clear and clean will direct water far enough away from your foundation and walls to help prevent damage. Many times though, downspouts are moved, cutoff, or damaged causing the water to flow in the wrong direction often causing puddles and seeping into the foundation.
Downspout extensions can also help move water away from your home further helping to protect your foundation and basement. Solid surfaces like concrete around the perimeter of the home can also create an effective barrier to water but it is not a replacement for having properly functioning and cleaned gutters and downspouts.
3. Inspect Your Roof and Gutters for Damage and Repair Immediately
Any areas where water is currently clogged, backed up, or leaking through your roof surface or gutter system must be taken care of quickly and professionally. As we mentioned above, our Atlanta gutter cleaning team can not only clear out your clogged gutters and downspouts but will look for any signs of damage that you may not be aware of. Atlanta area roofing professionals should be contacted to repair any loose or missing roof shingles or rotten wood that may further affect your home and the comfort of your family.
Now that you know 3 ways to help protect your Atlanta home from water damage you can rest a little easier next time heavy rains are on the way. Need more advice and tips about gutters and downspouts? Check out our blog and stay informed with our email newsletter. Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning is here to help.