Protect Your Home from Water Damage

Water is the enemy of any home. It sneaks in unaware and causes silent destruction before you even know it’s there. Get the jump on water by knowing where it comes from and how to protect your home from water damage.

Foundation Planting

A few flowers here, a couple of shrubs there and before long the blooming beauties completely hide the foundation of our home and improve its curb appeal. However, some of the water used to keep those floral beauties blooming is slowly seeping into any wood in touches in foundation of your home.

To enjoy foundation plants and protect your home from water damage, don’t let the soil touch the foundation. Use caulk to form a barrier. Add extra soil to the planting beds before planting flowers to create a slope going away from the foundation so the water will run away from the home instead of towards it.

Clean Gutters

If gutters are clogged, the rain water will overflow the gutters and run down the side of the home. If allowed to continue, the best case scenario is the discoloration to the house siding and worst case scenario is wood rot on the exterior and a flooded basement.

Clean the gutters at least once a year to keep rain water flowing freely away from the home. Even if the gutters are clean rain water may still stand near the house long after the rain has stopped if the soil has poor drainage. To prevent this, install underground drainage to pull water at least 10 feet away from the house. Poor draining soil can be removed and replaced with gravel or better top soil to improve drainage.

Pest Problems

Pests are attracted to dark, damp areas. When the set up housekeeping, they make a bad problem even worse. Look behind large foundation plants, like shrubs, to inspect for small piles of sawdust the carpenter ants and carpenter bees leave in their wakes. Termites also like to homestead in dark, damp locations and build tell-tale tunnels that are easy to find.

If you find any signs of pest problems, call an exterminator to evaluate the problem and provide the best treatment plan to eradicate the pests. Larger pests, like squirrels and field mice also like to chew their way through wood and into your home, leaving behind openings for water to get into and cause damage.