Wednesday, August 03 2011
In a recent post we addressed the issue of controlling moisture inside the home. But how do you protect your home from heavy rains and snow? Realtor® Tom Slupske of Maple Grove, Minnesota gives five ways to control moisture outside the home before it can get in and cause damage:
These days, homes are at a greater risk of water damage than ever before. Heavier precipitation and less predictable weather patterns increase the chance of unwanted water entering our homes.
Water damage is serious business. It is a drain – financially, emotionally, even physically. Just one inch is all it takes to destroy sentimental or irreplaceable items, or to create structural damage that can depreciate the value of your home. The bacteria and mold it can leave in its wake can affect air quality in your home and create potential health risks. The best way to deal with water damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Here are some easy things you can do outside your home to help keep you safe and dry.
Disconnect downspouts from the municipal sewer system.Extend downspouts at least 6 feet away from your basement walls and drain away from your house towards the street or backyard.
Install a rain barrel to minimize the amount of surface water that could enter your home.
Grade the earth or hard surfaces around your home to slope away from your foundation.
Before temperatures drop to freezing, turn off the water supply to outdoor taps and faucets, then open the taps to drain the water completely. Leave taps in the open position until spring.
Keep gutters and downspouts clear of leaves and other debris – clean them out at least once a year – late fall is a good time.
With a little know-how and some routine maintenance, you can stay ahead of the wave and keep unwanted water out.
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