Winter is coming. Have you waterproofed your home yet? If the answer to that question was no, it's time to get started. Winter rains can wreak havoc on your home, especially if you haven't taken care of the waterproofing. Waterproofing your home doesn't have to require a lot of hard work. In fact, you can probably take care of the steps provided below in just a few days. Here's how to get your home waterproofed and ready for the winter rains.
1. Repair Your Rain Gutters
If you don't know what the inside of your rain gutters looks like, it's time to get up on the ladder. Your rain gutters could be filled with debris that could lead to serious clogs. Not only that, your gutters could be damaged. Unfortunately, clogs and damage can both cause problems with flooding, especially during heavy rain.
Make sure your gutters don't cause seasonal flooding by taking care of some basic maintenance. First, use a whisk broom to get rid of the dirt and leaves that may be clogging your gutters. Second, take your garden hose and clean the gutters. Clean gutters allow water to flow through smoothly. Not only that, but clean gutters allow you to see the damage that needs to be repaired. Finally, if you do find damage inside your gutters, such as rust holes or gaps in the joints, call a gutter repair service for help.
2. Seal Your Windows
If you haven't applied fresh caulk around your windows in a while, or you've never caulked your windows, head down to the hardware store for some latex caulk. If your windows aren't sealed this winter, water can come right into your home through the gaps in your window frames. Apply a strip of caulk along your window frames to form a waterproof seal.
3. Secure Your Shingles
If you're expecting some freezing temperatures this winter, you need to make sure that the lower edge of your shingles are properly secured. If they're not, you need to apply a fresh layer of roofing adhesive to your shingles. Without the added security of fresh adhesive, water can soak under the edges of your shingles, which will lead to water damage and leads.
4. Restore the Flow
If you've noticed that water is pooling around the foundation of your home, it's time to restore the flow. Rainwater should flow away from your home, not towards it. Before the rains arrive this winter, add a bit of elevation around the perimeter of your home. The added soil elevation will ensure that water drains away from your home, instead of under the foundation where it can cause serious damage.