How often do you inspect your property for cracks or leaks? As a homeowner, protecting your property against water damage should be a top priority. Water damage is one of the most common causes of property-related loss and can lead to damp, mould and even severe structural issues.
Here is some useful advice from a steel foundations specialist in Hertfordshire, on how to protect your home against water damage and avoid cracks and leaks…
When inspecting your home for cracks and leaks, one of the best places to start is at the top.
The number one cause of water damage comes from cracked or missing roof tiles. Roof tiles are designed to protect your home by keeping the rain out, so it is important to properly maintain them. Any damaged tiles will need to be replaced; however, this is a dangerous job to perform without experience and should be done by a professional.
You should also regularly inspect and clear your guttering. A build-up of leaves and debris can cause blockages and lead to rainwater overflowing and pouring down the sides of your property. If you have already noticed water pouring from your guttering after heavy rain, then this is likely to be the cause.
Windows are another common area for water damage. If you notice any cracks around the brickwork, repair with suitable water resistant filler and seal any gaps around your window frames with a putty or caulk. If the window sealant has perished, you should remove this and apply a fresh layer. This will not only keep your home free from moisture, but it will also help to make it more energy efficient.
Finally, take a tour of the boundaries of your property and check that any water on the ground flows away from your home, instead of pooling. Reoccurring puddles can eventually seep into the foundations of your building and cause serious structural damage. If you do notice a regular puddle forming in the same spot, try to drain the water and level the area using sand or soil.